This latest full length offering from Black Palace co-founder English Bore is dedicated to the study and development of the emerging art of ‘data bending' wherein commonplace digital file formats (in this case .bpm and .psd image files) are manipulated and recoded to provide audio information.
Based around original images supplied by three photographers, ‘Dataphile’ is alive with glitching, hacked ripples, distant clicks and stuttering pulses and drones. Crumbling, distorted motifs give way to frequencies which stretch the limits of human hearing (and the reproductive capabilities of most home listening equipment), whilst the processing involved is limited primarily to the generation of the audio file itself, with post production amounting only to some minor spatialisation adjustments. Thus the listener is left with nine clean, pristine studies in data bending.
Inspired by an invitation to bring these techniques to the opening of an exhibition of the work of JMW Turner at the Turner Contemporary in Margate in early 2012, ‘Dataphile’ is the fifth album offering from English Bore, who’s other work includes live performances based around circuit bent walkmen and cassette loops, noise and drone releases, scores for the screen, video work and finely tuned electronica.
"Dataphile is a brilliant experiment in creating art from art… artists like John Newman continue to make music, art and their juxtaposition, an incredible experience."