unproductive muzak

by roger mpr

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    Limited edition tape (30 hand-numbered copies), professional duplication. C60. Artwork printed on transparency film. Zip bag.

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Hylé Tapes 040 : "unproductive muzak" by roger mpr

"unproductive muzak" is about sound as a means of domination and alienation. Here, roger mpr, who also runs the http:undomusic.fr distro, builds tracks from collages of samples extracted from muzak cds.
These cds were all produced to provide sonic landscapes to companies for their PR or even in the workplace. Sound becomes a subtle asset to productivity.

This is not vaporwave, or if it is, it is vaporwave at its extreme limit. There is no place for nostalgia nor for a certain complacency for the 90s dot com bubble. The idea is just to displace these sounds from their original uses. To stop them from working. With heavy digital treatment and tape loop dirtyness, roger mpr deconstructs these sounds and tries to open a breach by which nightmares can invade the tall glass buildings of corporate soundframes. It is a call to rethink a new politics of the glitch: to see it not only as a superficial scratching of an all too codified aesthetic, but also as a going deep into the structures of corporate aesthetics in order to inject a weird and disruptive virus. This is an attempt to give a contemporary soundtrack to Bartleby's "I would prefer not to".


"un rabbin un vrai cabaliste dit un jour afin d'instaurer le règne de la paix il n'est nullement besoin de tout détruire et de donner naissance à un monde totalement nouveau il suffit de déplacer à peine cette tasse ou cet arbrisseau ou cette pierre en faisant de même pour toute chose mais cet à peine est si difficile à réaliser et il est si difficile de trouver sa mesure qu'en ce qui concerne ce monde les hommes en sont incapables c'est pourquoi l'avènement du messie est nécessaire

world harmony contact lifetime pride of the lions new horizon mountain native sun future route what world of news techno logical friction rejoicing city lives skate expression of senegal datastream boulevard eastern dreamscape cool fusion factory fiesta summer city soft shores of ireland infostation freedom valhalla night moves

se concentrer sur cet à peine et se restreindre aux mouvements des pots à crayons, des photocopieurs et des laptops gris du monde entier

bartleby qui se met en boule"



released June 15, 2017



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