Secret Thirteen Mix 123 - EVOL

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A mind-blowing mix of previously unreleased EVOL recordings by Roc de Cisneros and Stephen Sharp.


The authors of the mix are Roc Jiménez de Cisneros and Stephen Sharp, two exceptional sound sculptors and musical innovators often described as “the artists’ artists”. EVOL was started in the late 1990s and progressively became synonymous with what we could call “forward-thinking computer composition”. According to the duo, they make computer music for hooligans and deconstructed rave objects. Their music has been published by such record labels as Entr'acte, Editions Mego, Presto!?, and their own ALKU. EVOL’s critically acclaimed recordings, installations and performances have a unique approach to sound matter, are full of upward spirals, trance inducing patterns and challenging temporal structures. As the project does not favor long introductions, we will just leave some space for your own exploration of their sound and ideas in the vast void of the internet.

Learn more about EVOL’s subtly critical approach to academism, technologies, their path of experimentation and musical inventions from this interview for EVOL are currently working on new stuff for Diagonal, Presto!?, BUS, Romvos, and Khalija.

“Secret Thirteen Mix 123” is a mind-blowing audio voyage whose paradoxical discoveries gradually leave the monotony of reality in shadows of the subconsciousness. EVOL are projecting a cutting edge dimension of phenomenally pulsating complex sounds that penetrate the senses, bringing bizarre new experiences. The smallest of sound particles constantly and unexpectedly strike the listener and the flow is so dynamic as to reimagine what is inventive and futuristic in music. It’s like a piece of musical research, each time revealing new data about musical structure, with its perpetual mutation at every push of the “play” button. Sol Lewitt’s monumental and abstract works could serve as an accurate visual impression of what EVOL have produced - both are autonomous creations, presenting advanced concepts and ideas as if created by artificial intelligence.

The mix was glued together using studio test material, discarded edits, cuts from live performances and assorted scraps from EVOL archives ranging from 2009 to 2014. All the recordings are original, previously unreleased. The whole continuous magnetised piece was made by using the split channel technique in Alloa (Scotland) and Barcelona (Spain).

Following their mix here is our in-depth review about one of their latest records “Proper Headshrinker” released by Editions Mego.


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