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isolated agent | stranding behavior

by matt shoemaker

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    Beautiful picture disc LP with full-color artwork by Matt Shoemaker.

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Much of Shoemaker's recorded output prominently features the use of field recordings (see his "Tropical Amnesia One" CD), but in this case he has eschewed such grounded measures and has instead sculpted a two-part puzzle which seemingly exists on some other plane(t). Layer upon evolving layer of sonic phenomena is still the methodological trademark, but the content is almost entirely electronic, lending a great deal of vivid color to a description of blackest space. The two works presented here are powerfully mysterious, unsettling examples of Matt Shoemaker's prowess as a composer of details, of moods and tenses.

The improbably relevant artwork for this release consists of two collages utilizing Shoemaker's own hand-dyed paper. The images, as well as their meanings, are essentially abstract and yet remarkably familiar. The "Isolated Agent" scuttles in a circular motion, forever locked in an endless search for the unknown element. The constant retreat, the "Stranding Behavior" inevitably resulting in/from confusion.

"You realize what you are implying? That we owe our human condition here to the intervention of insects."

Matt Shoemaker's music has been released by such labels as Trente Oiseaux, The Helen Scarsdale Agency, and Ferns Recordings.

These tracks were originally released by Elevator Bath as a limited edition picture disc LP, copies of which are also available here:


released July 20, 2010


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matt shoemaker Seattle, Washington

Matt Shoemaker's art focuses upon the treatment of sonic phenomena.
Shoemaker manipulates sound, sourced from both natural and electronic means, in an affected and often grotesque manner, so as to convey compositions that uniquely imagine a space encrypted to the point of vanishing definition. ... more

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