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Tuesday, 13 October 2009

SubVersion Stop 27: Muttley & nrvnet - Transference

Transference” is the result of the first collaboration between fellow mixtape creators Muttley & nrvnet. Transference began as an exercise in association. Muttley started rummaging through his monthly archives one day, for tracks with titles that suggested an action of transference in the composition of a message. Given the biggest percentage of his collection consisted of beatless audio, the rigidity of tune choices remained, but the limitations decreased.

Influenced by the low-high penchant of groups like Explosions in the Sky and Godspeed You! Black Emperor, the consequential recording clocked in at 12 minutes, featuring dense soundwalls from Robin Guthrie and Harold Budd, Beef Terminal, Bitcrush and Broadway Project; going from tranquil piano motifs to a downtempo behemoth.

During this period, fellow ambient mixtape maker nrvnet had contributed two sets to the "15 Minutes Of Fame" mix series. Muttley emailed nrvnet to ask whether he'd like to collaborate on a joint mix. With passion for the cause, both were obliged, and an ongoing conversation was established. The result that you see today is an 83-minute exploration into soundscapes, ambiences, crescendos, and, critically, a bucket-load of emotional credence.

Muttley and nrvnet contributed three sections each following a guideline of 10-15 minute sections. Upon completion of a section, the completed piece was “transferred” to the other. The piece went back and forth across the Atlantic Ocean several times until the message was complete. We won't tell you who did what--that's up to you to decide. The piece represents a conversation between people—both literally and figuratively. It also reflects a transference of state—from quiet to loud; from ambience to dissonance; from drift to beat. What Muttley provides in unconventional selections, nrvnet matches with tapestries of sounds. Transference will be cross-posted at Muttley’s Subversion blog and nrvnet’s Hydrogen Cafe blog.

It was an honour for Muttley and nrvnet to engage in this musical conversation together. We hope this transference of sound will be enjoyable.

- Muttley & nrvnet, October, 2009

D O W N L O A D S (right click, save link as):

Transference MP3 (83:27) (320k) (200 mb)
Artwork (800k Zip file)


01 - Robin Guthrie & Harold Budd - Hidden Message

02 - Beef Terminal - Passing Secrets Through The Window

03 - Bitcrush - Prologue

04 - Broadway Project - Message From The East

05 - Porcupine Tree - Russia On Ice (excerpt)

06 - Andrey Kiritchenko - Let Oneself In

07 - The Radio Dept. - Gibraltar

08 - Amusement Parks on Fire - So Mote It Be

09 - Radiohead - Meeting in the Aisle
10 - The Caretaker - Unmasking Alzheimer’s
11 - Skare - To The Other Shore

12 - Emma Cora - Parcels Carrier

13 - Milton Cross - First There Came A Letter From A Tree
14 - Helios - Signed I Wish You Well
15 - Porcupine Tree - Metonia Pt 1; Mesmer Pt 3 (excerpts)

16 - The Gentleman Losers - Weed Garden

17 - Jónsi & Alex - All the Big Trees

18 - Max Richter - lonosphere

19 - Arca - Baixa

20 - Jacaszek - Orszula

21 - Con Cetta vs. Antartica - Thank You
22 - Stars Of The Lid - A Meaningful Moment Through A Meaningless Process
23 - The Alpha Rhythm - Escape Velocity

24 - Peter Broderick - Something Has Changed

25 - Hreda - Knowing How To Carry

26 - Nine Inch Nails - Ghosts I (02)
27 - Underworld - Pizza for Eggs (excerpt)

28 - Archive - LeMans

29 - The Last Days - Nightlight

30 - Auburn Lull - Blur My thoughts Again


01 - Marek Brandt - Versailles Castle
02 - John Tenny - French Quarter Walk

03 - Figowitz - Kantine01

04 - Cognito Perceptu - AM Band Static

05 - Stomp - Factory X Operatios

06 - Sal Randolph - Grand Central Station

07 - Connum - Bakery in a German Train Station

"When that transference between beings does occur it is the result of some very strong unbroken karmic connection from the past."
- the Dalai Lama

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