Near-Completed Stacks and the Next Steps Forward

Ladies and Gentlemen:

After a productive and fun time building instruments and tweaking synths in New York, we, being the singular management, have once again returned to our current port-of-call in Costa Rica, willing and ready for the currently all-to-secretive next phase of the evolution of VauxFlores. More on that will come in the next few weeks as region-specific plans are drawn and prototypes are completed. However, before can move forward, there’s still the matter of archiving the past. For those who’ve read the past couple posts, one should recall that we were once one of several entities known as Thinktank Media. But owing to the need to diversify, we decided to abandon that mantle and press forward with modern tools and streamlined interfaces, etc. And shortly after doing so, our server host similarly decided to get out of the business, leaving our past archives floating in the digital ethers, albeit with some clever redirect coding to help lead the way. However, most of our media was also left in that ether – and considering the amount of time and work we put into it all, we decided that the first step of the VauxFlores saga would be to archive as much of the Thinktank catalogue as we could. Ladies and gentlemen, it brings us much pleasure to say that the aforementioned saga is officially complete, with every major Thinktank release available as the initial digital offerings with which we intend to build a bedrock to move forward upon – providing that metaphor makes sense, of course. Rounding out our final offering is 001 – the initial EP offering from the Satellite trio.

SO, before we move forward, here’s a little about that:

Once upon a time in a small liberal arts college in Oakland, California, three musicians found themselves enrolled in a masters program, studying some of the finer points of contemporary music. Hailing from three equally unique locales and bringing their own approaches to extended-techniques, free improvisation and lowercase electronics, they met one rainy Sunday to perform together in a dreary classroom, in hopes that their discrepancies in languages, variations in vocabularies and fascinations with the unknown and would combine and intertwine into a unique acoustic environment. Lines were drawn, spells were cast and sounds were made, combining mechanical pulses with arthropod dance steps, lulling trances into dirges into whispers in the wind. They played for hours, pausing only to reflect, recollect and continue with even more fury and direction – and never once playing a conventional note on their instruments. And with that, Satellite, otherwise known as the unique combinations of Liz Meredith (violia), Gudmundur Steini Gunnarsson (guitar) and Travis Johns (bass) was formed – with this disc, previously only released in extremely limited batches, serving as a documentation of that instance. On behalf of the ensemble, as well as the collective as a whole, we invite you to come sing along with our past whilst looking towards the future, once contained in hand-assembled envelopes embossed with our handprints as a souvenir to our collective temporal bridges – and now available digitally for the technologically progressive masses! If you like what you hear, please feel free to check out Satellite’s second release – Sylvedic, also available via VauxFlores. As a final note, if you would like Satellite, or any member therein to perform for your exclusive pleasure, siesta or new music solstice event, please don’t hesitate to drop us a line and we’ll gladly proceed accordingly.

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~ by vauxflores on September 5, 2011.