Repeated Refusals

by Matthew Mullane

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Selv 02:03
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Ji 01:51
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Juxt Apt 03:32
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Only UI 02:09
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Kullop 04:54
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Freit 01:30
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Gutt Tu 03:28
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Mellich 02:49
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Vret Nuy 03:08
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The eleven tracks here are “repeated refusals,” pieces that in their cassette’d assembly are “re-fused” on the tape spool despite their relative differences. They refuse any type of “album” but at their core, what unites them is a steadfast, though mutated, commitment to rhythm. From a blurred syrupy delay feed, warped acid junk, kick drum slaps, hi-hat reverb trails, to the pulse of a flag in the wind. Various genre signifiers and familiar repetitions articulate the rhythm in very different ways but the tape, wound around itself like the vain mirror-obsessed, re-fuses these disparate things, repeatedly.

Vanity amplifies an ideal characteristic over others, covering paradoxes or confusing multiplicities with an aggrandized uniformity of vision. A selfie-taker too enamored with their face to see what’s lurking behind them. Or the disparate sounds layered on a piece of tape, one side touches the other in the spool, but they can never be played simultaneously. The vain tape-head can only focus on the instant like the selfie-snapper can only see their face.

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released March 22, 2018

Recorded 2016-2017 by Matthew Mullane: Analog and digital synthesizers, drum machines, filter, field recordings, computer, guitar.

Thanks to: Sonia, Dale and Philip.

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