Stream: ASC ~ Sonic Assault [Halocyan]

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This is not just a compilation. Universal Quantifier 2xCD release is a conceptual body of work from an LA-based label Halocyan, founded by an acclaimed musician Dimitri Fergadis, and involving artists like Paul Woolford, ASC, Hackman, xxxy, Legowelt and many more.

There is a deep philosophical intention behind the compilation, which is “dedicated to representing not just the present and future of electronic music, but also its rich history”, and when asked to talk about it in detail, the curator Dimitri Fergadis describes:

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[dropcap color=”666666″]W[/dropcap]hen curating music for Halocyan, including the Universal Quantifier release, I allow different techniques and styles to naturally face one another. Lately I have been calling this process “syncretism” to refer to the amalgamation of dissimilar styles. I can’t emphasize this point enough about Halocyan: this label is not about any one style of techno. The breadth of styles on Halocyan has made it such a massive undertaking, and also explains why the label has so much more meaning and depth than many electronica labels out there. Halocyan doesn’t choose the best style — because there is no best style. Instead, our struggle at Halocyan is about techno in contrast to other music. We focus on a reduction beyond any dialectical alternation between rule / exception, mainstream / underground, or tyrant / rogue. To me, techno is a non-dialectizable category. The real puzzle about the techno of today and tomorrow is to what degree it will resist its own dialectization. This is why I curate Halocyan as a resistance against anything that would emphasize one style over another within techno: the question of high quality vs. low quality music is not a dialectic at all, and I don’t think it ever was. The question of techno is a much more metaphysical question than it is a cultural one. So long as the alibi of truth is available (or what I have been calling “episteme”) — an alibi offered by commonsensical polarized thinking (e.g. “Our way is best”) — there will continue to be a dialectic of “truth and truth’s negation”, and by association, there will continue to be a hierarchy of styles within techno.

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The real puzzle about the techno of today and tomorrow is to what degree it will resist its own dialectization. This is why I curate Halocyan as a resistance against anything that would emphasize one style over another within techno: the question of high quality vs. low quality music is not a dialectic at all, and I don't think it ever was. The question of techno is a much more metaphysical question than it is a cultural one.

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In this regard, the issue of how to classify ASC within Halocyan is uninteresting. The styles represented by ASC are not the reason we have selected his excellent work. Instead, James Clements’s ASC material represents the highest quality, most distinctive sound from a whole history related to drum and bass — and therefore the perfect inclusion on Halocyan. Moreover, as today’s top representative of this style, ASC is on a par with the other top representatives of house or techno, such as DJ Pierre, Joey Beltram, and Marc Dosem.


We are excited to premiere the stream of ASC’s contribution to the compilation, entitled “Sonic Assault”.

Tracklist
CD 1:
01. xxxy – Bash
02. Chrissy Murderbot – Friendship
03. Hackman – Semibreves
04. Sumsun – Avey Oliver
05. Paul Woolford – 5meO
06. TheThird Man – Red Boxing
07. Arkist – 23 Summers
08. ASC – Sonic Assault
09. Raudive – Last
10. Dosem – Atica (DJ Pierre’s HEY Wildpitch MX)
11. Sumsun – New Piano (Minilogue’s Ocean of Love)

CD 2:
01. Artifact – Cry
02. xxxy – Bash (French Fries Remix)
03. Chrissy Murderbot – Friendship (Legowelt Remix)
04. Paul Woolford – Pursuit (Extrawelt’s Griddle Remix)
05. Aki Latvamäki – It Is Not Now Either (Max Cooper Sub Dub)
06. Stabber – Huh! (Randomer Remix)
07. Arkist – Addict f. Appleblim (Komon Remix)
08. ASC – Sonic Assault (Kangding Ray Remix)
09. Raudive – Last (AlTourettes & Appleblim Remix)
10. Dntel – Peepsie (Hyetal Remix)
11. Stabber – Huh! (Matthias Zimmermann Remix)
12. Jason Potratz – Absent Center
13. Dosem – Atica (Joey Beltram Remix)

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