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lee gamble-diversions 1994-1996 lp (pan)

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lee gamble: diversions 1994-1996

The 30-minute Diversions 1994-1996 EP is made up entirely from samples from the collection of Lee Gamble's jungle cassette mix-tapes. The audio has been subjected to analog and digital deformations, while trying to extract, expand upon, and convey particular qualities emblematic of the original music. The effect is that of a musical body scan, all that is solid melts into air. Sounds are unearthed, dissected on the operating table, melted and unlocked , evoking sonics not unlike the heavy dub processes of Jah Shaka and Scion in an INA GRM frame of mind or bearing a similar methodological approach with what Mark Leckey explored in his piece "Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore." It can be heard as a "memory" of a period of music and for some could work as a "cued recall," which is a form of memory retrieval. Lee Gamble started out as a teenager DJing on pirate radio and on the emerging jungle scene; however, his own approach to music has taken a more experimental direction. Exploring the outer realms of abstraction through digital synthesis/resynthesis, Lee has described his current compositional process as "the configuration of material (ex nihilo) via various digital synthesis methods, prompts further disfigurations and reconfigurations. What you then have left is often the detritus or debris of an idea. Phantasms of both previous and current musical, pseudo-scientific and sculptural influences are manifest as new material abstractions, created from the digital blank canvas. This abstraction allows several interests to appear in the works simultaneously." He is also a founding member of the UK-based CYRK collective and has curated/co-curated several CYRK events. He has also produced and curated three radio series for London-based radio station Resonance 104.4 FM and he continues to DJ. Lee has released his computer compositions on the Entr'acte label and has collaborated with composer John Wall and artists Yutaka Makino and Bryan Lewis Saunders. Diversions 1994-1996 is the beginning of a longer-term collaboration with Pan. Mastered and cut by Rashad Becker at Dubplates & Mastering. Pressed on 140 gram white vinyl which itself is housed in a silk screened PVC sleeve with artwork by Kathryn Politis & Bill Kouligas.

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