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TTW#101 – NYZ – XNOTNL

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Written and produced by David Burraston. Recorded at Noyzelab, 2014-2017. Random artwork, generated using seed number 0xAF30F0843192FC4, by Matthew Petty.


A1: FM60Pcelltwonky
A2: NYZ-1_HI-TINEZ4
A3: FM60Pcelltwinky::welcome2myworld
A4: NYZ-1_FM40Psubtree
A5: NYZ-1_HI-TINEZ3
A6: FM60POrvPyt
A7: NYZ-1_LTDRN
A8: NYZ-1_QVtwungler
A9: NYZ-1_LTDRN2
B1: MTNAM_8_SRi::OrganDonor
B2: FM40Pacidfractionalnote
B3: FM40Pcelltwerkle::welcome2myworld
B4: NYZ-1_HI-TINEZ
B5: NYZ-1_HI-TINEZ2
B6: NYZ-1_DRN3
B7: NYZ-1_DRN2


After a happy chance meeting at an event in the National Portrait Gallery in London, NYZ was invited to make a tape for The Tapeworm. On returning to Australia he went into the studio, digging up some recent-ish pieces from the last few years, and also making a handful of new ones. The music on this tape is a mix of Cellular Automata sequencing hooked up to various synthesis/FX methodologies including: Frequency Modulation, Phase Modulation, Sampling, old school hardware DSP and ROMplers. Musically this tape covers a range of different tunings and intervals, designed to take you on journey through the obscurities of NYZ's approach to experimental sound and music making.


Biography:

David Burraston is an award winning artist/scientist working in the areas of technology and electronic music since the late 1970s. His experimental arts practice encompasses field recording, landscape-scale sound art, chaos/complexity, sound synthesis and electronic music. He performs, lectures, conducts workshops and creates art installations in Regional NSW and around the world. David also designs and builds sound synthesizers based on his theories of chaos/complexity science.

He has previously released his highly original form of experimental research music on numerous cult labels such as Alku (in collaboration with Russell Haswell), Important Records/Cassauna, Taiga, .meds, Cataclyst, Engraved Glass, Tochnit Aleph, Beta Bodega Coalition, SevCom Edition, Entr'acte and Psoma Psi Phi and featured in The Wire Magazine's Below The Radar series.

David has worked with many diverse collaborators such as Aphex Twin, William Barton, Alan Lamb, Chris Watson, Russell Haswell, Robin Fox, Oren Ambarchi, Sarah Last, Cat Hope, Garry Bradbury, MIT Media Lab and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. In 2014 he independently published the legendary "SYROBONKERS!", the most technical and in-depth interview ever given by Aphex Twin.

Throughout the 1990's David had an innovative role in the foremost UK telco’s R&D laboratory in diverse areas such as Artificial Life, Chaos and Complex Systems, Spatial Audio, Virtual Reality and Data Visualisation. His 2006 PhD thesis (Generative Music & Cellular Automata) developed and applied fundamental new concepts, arising out of generative music practice, to a key problem in complex systems.

David is a founding member of the Electronic Music Foundation Institute (www.emf.org). He was part of the team that designed and built long wire installations at The WIRED Lab and is a member of the Board of Directors (www.wiredlab.org). He has been operating Noyzelab as an independant art/science music studio since 1981 (www.noyzelab.com) and to the surprise of many is even on twitter @noyzelab.


Reviews

Boomkat (UK):

Arch algorithmic alchemist (read: award-winning scientist) Dave Burraston aka Dave NYZ – aka the man behind some of the best, probing electronic releases of this decade – takes his turn on The Tapeworm with a typically invasive and bewildering batch of buckling, fizzy and deeply unreal sonic ecosystems.

As with NYZ’s string of remarkable, cultishly appraised tapes over the last few years, his Xnotnl emission presents widely varied – always intriguing and often astonishing – results from a rigorous scientific approach to experimental process. Often an NYZ track will effectively render the results of a specific methodology or combination of hardware synthesis and FX, and in that sense they could be termed academic. But for any listener with an ear attuned to unique sounds, their grains and timbres, NYZ’s form of academic research is just primed for possibly more trivial pursuits, such as getting high and synching with your sofa, or staring out of bus windows and projecting yourself into parallel dimensions. Dogging, too, for that matter.

On his last tape of 2017 or 1st of 2018 – take your pick! – NYZ dispenses 17 beguiling examples of this uniquely pointed sonic research, generating results that could be called drone or ambient, if you really wanted, but are best thought of and received as alien information ready for you to decipher however the f*ck you see fit. At the least it will make you question how boring most other electronic music “sounds” by comparison, and at best it will retune your ears and make you appear incredibly handsome to robots.

Get it in your ears.


Norman Records (UK):

Dave Burraston continues to blur the lines between art and science on his latest tape ‘XNOTNL’. Another staggeringly original addition to his currently accelerating catalogue that really sounds like no other artist in the known universe. What gives him this unique, distinctive sound are the custom processes he uses, developed over decades of research and experimentation within his Noyzelab. This is some of his more eerie work that’s evocative of his machines booting themselves up, late at night while he’s tucked up in bed and essentially playing themselves, communicating in a futuristic machine language. It’s as though he’s programmed life into their circuits and they’ve become like sentient beings that can communicate and have emotions. I can imagine him being awoken by them and walking into the studio in his pyjamas…

Dave: “Oi, be quiet you lot, I’m trying to get some kip!”
HAL 9000 type voice: “I am afraid I can't do that Dave.”
Dave: “I said shut it, you flamin’ mongrels! ”
HAL 9000 type voice: “I am putting myself to the fullest possible use, which is all I think that any conscious entity can ever hope to do.”

There’s a whole lot to take in across the almost 90 minute running time of this tape; the extended drone works exude remarkable nuance and sensitivity to tone. At various moments they have a synesthesia-like effect, in that they appear to transmit a radiant flux that transforms the listening space. Basically, while I was listening, the room changed colour!

For those interested in deep listening there are some very rewarding moments, and for the more casual listener able to penetrate what can sometimes seem like an intimidating exterior, once inside, you feel like you’ve tapped into something really quite magical. Also, there are some typically quirky, batshit crazy moments on here which could well be what androids hear when they dream of electric sheep.


Bleep (UK):

Heavy experimental leaning affairs from Australian artist NYZ aka David Burraston. Recorded in his Noyzelab studios and making use of the Cellular Automata sequencing approach the music is stretched out as one continuous side long piece on both the A and the B. Frequency and Phase modulation explorations plus an array of different tunings and intervals that Burraston hopes will convey his approach to sound. Having previously collaborated with both Russell Haswell and Oren Ambarchi, Burraston is no stranger to avant-garde electronics yet remains a little under-acknowledged in the wider field. XNOTNL is his second solo release!

 

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