Cipher, C.A.N.V.A.S.'s fourth release since its reinvention as a label in April 2018, and its first compilation record, features Michael Speers, Xao, Object Blue, Ashley Paul, Ben Vince, Ausschuss, Olan Monk, Flora Yin-Wong and Lugh, all of whom have responded to specific thematic instructions to create a contextually coherently, although artistically varied collective work.
In the context of increasing digitalisation and codification as a means to recreate, record, communicate and propagate events from the real world, Cipher plays with different processes by which musical material is abstracted and codified.This project reconsiders the graphic score and other means by which music has been codified.
Cipher considers the hegemony of authorship in the context of codification of music, and speculates on possible means for musical propagation, whether they uphold human authorship or neglect it.
Responding to one of three sub-themes relating to the context outlined above, the 9 contributing artists have contributed work which, for release on vinyl record and digitally in February 2019.
released February 22, 2019
directed by Lugh O’Neill
graphic design by Louise Borinski
mastering by Ali Najafi
A vortex of distorted vocals and screams, heavy percussion and warped destructive beats PURGE is addictive and fan-fucking-tastic. I have been waiting for this to be released in full for so long now and it does not let down in the slightest. A perfectly wicked display of pain and aggression. Gwynplaine de Pétroleuse
It all starts here: this is something essential. It flows and moves cohesively while retaining individuality of moods and symphonic rhythm. PAN delivers, but what is delivered is less clear. A threshold, maybe, to a wider awareness of our epoch and humanity's current stage. Or maybe a testament to inscribe the remnants of human spirit, like brief chunks of messy information. Stéfan Németh