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Freedom To Spend – “Right now is the best time to be a fan of strange and forgotten music”

English November 26 2018 FTS-FreedomToSpend-Flag-Logo

Interview by Alexander Julin

Freedom To Spend started in 2017 as a sub-label to RVNG (Visible Cloaks, Oliver Coates, etc). While several other people contribute to the label, some of the primary forces behind are Matt Werth from RVNG as well as Jed Bindeman and Pete Swanson (who, on a note, also produced some phenomenal solo records in 2010-2013 and was a member of the noise duo Yellow Swans).

Freedom to Spend has had an enormously diversive and qualitatively impressive output since its launch, reissuing both raw and minimalistic syntheseizer music and more compositionally experimental works as well. Beginning with “Eye Candy” by Michele Mercure, the label has since also reissued records such as “Eros In Arabia” by Richard Horowitz and “Polemusia La Nau Dels Argonautes” by Pep Llopis, among others.

Contributing to what feels like an ever-expanding amount of labels specializing in what might be termed as “niche” reissues, Freedom To Spend have presented some of the most mesmerising and – partly – forgotten works to a new and to a larger audience in the past two years. They have, as Swanson puts it in a comment on musical reissue culture, been “(…) making sure erased histories are not forgotten.”

In the light of the label’s latest releases, “The Rimarimba Collection” and Michele Mercure’s “Beside Herself”, Passive/Aggressive has interviewed Swanson and Bindeman on the label, their releases so far and their reflections on contemporary trends in reissue culture. Læs resten

Michele Mercure – Avantgardistiske, meditative og hyperfeministiske computer-hallucinationer

June 16 2017 Michele Mercure

Det Glemte Guld – En serie af Mikkel Kongstad

Denne uges indlæg i Det Glemte Guld kigger nærmere på den Pennsylvania-baserede, computermusik-pioner og eksperimenterende synth-kunstner, Michele Mercure, hvis album “Eye Chant” fra 1986 blev genudgivet tidligere på året via det nyopstartede Freedom To Spend.

Michele Mercure tilbyder meditative – og til tider underligt groovy – lydabstraktioner. Soniske hallucinationer skabt i dialog mellem menneskets og computerens kredsløb. Sært selvstændige lydverdener brygget på synthesizere, computer og stemme. Genopgravningen af Mercures synth-eksperimenter virker til at være det myteomspundne missing link i serien af kvindelige synthpionerer som Eliane Radigue, Suzanne Ciani, Laurie Anderson og nutidige frontløbere som Holly Herndon, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith og Felicia Atkinson. Alene derfor er “Eye Chant” værd at orientere sig mod. Og gudskelov er “Eye Chant” langt mere end et stykke støvet lydarkiv. Det er et stærkt og sammenhængende album, der med al sin visionære selvstændighed og nysgerrighed minder os om, at afstanden mellem 1986 og 2017 er langt kortere, end vi måske kan have glemt i løbet af 90’ernes ligegyldighed, ironi og grunge-elendighed (og 00’ernes overfladeskrabende retro-rock). Læs resten