flu001 Diane Fries - Birth Of A Cell / 12" Vinyl & digital
Sound Designer and Composer Diane Fries' latest collaboration, titled
"Birth Of A Cell", is a radioplay-like voyage around zapping collages.
She (rarely) discloses the techniques behind her obscure serial
aesthetics, which seem to be mostly based on meditational cosmic-circled loops and multi-layered sound complexes. When it comes to her modular works – live-sessions, recorded alongside japanese noise drummer Nuki Ono in the end of 2019, 'Magic Realism' could be the keyword.
Fries opens up a world full of scientific and mythological content from blood and water cells to camels and vampires while continuously shifting narratives – a sonic endeavour that is reminiscent of a semi-fictional blog writing style. Her handling of hologram-like voices (read by Beth Hughes &DaveT) operates in a similar vein, appearing like an archangel of informational overload.
Between the lines you may find something like a textural entity, which tries to accept the codes and narratives of our "reality". It creates the feeling of zooming in and out of different scenarios, while perpetually shifting perspectives and conveying a sense of loosing control without loosing humor : The ironic picture of a bittersweet post-futuristic dystopia; a strange dream, in which we seem to be trapped together.
released May 30, 2020
written & produced by Diane Fries
additional percussion by Nuki Ono
voices by Beth Hughes & DaveT
mastering by Niklas Kraft
cover art & design by Teresa Schoenherr