is the new project from William Van Huss, formerly of The Luminaries, and Ian Briscoe. Briscoe is an electronica artist who builds unique analog synths and other electronic instruments. Van Huss and Briscoe came together in 2008 to form Subduction as an experimental performance art project. Their first release, "Bad News From The Inner Solar System
", makes use of Briscoe's home-brew instruments along with theremin, stylophone, tape loops, and other elements to create evocative soundscapes and "songs" that reflect some facets of the human experience we all are exposed to on this little blue-green marble we call planet Earth.
Subduction's debut release shows influences that range from the early work of BBC's Radiophonic Workshop
famous cut-ups to pioneering industrial and electronica artists like Psychic TV
, Skinny Puppy
, and Severed Heads
. "How Very Much (I've Loved You)
" draws from the cryptic and legendary Jonestown "final moments tapes" to create its atmosphere of urgency and despair. "Greetings
" uses, as its base, some of the world music offerings included on the Voyager probes that were sent on their Grand Tour through our solar system and into the void of deep space in the 1970's. Together with the then U.N. President's greeting to any alien civilization that might come across the little probes and an infectious beat, the song serves to bring some hope into the mix after the first track's despairing portrait of cultish religion and the sometimes disasterous results that follow. "Celebrate
" is a frenzied (and even quite danceable) track that uses sexual tension, lush production, and barely discernable lyrics to keep the feeling of the record upbeat and prepare for the epic final track, "Anything In Here
". This twenty-three minute live "jam" incorporates nearly every gizmo in the room to paint a picture of edge-of-the-seat tension mingled with an intoxicating and hypnotic groove worthy of, not only one shoegazing listen, but repeated listens. Each successive one revealing more of the subtle nuances present in the soundscape.
Art is not a product and money doesn't dictate whether or not an artist creates. The record industry is finally on it's way out and the power is beginning to shift back to the artist. The internet allows us to reach an audience that, only a few short years ago, would have never heard much beyond what corporate middlemen allowed them to hear. For that reason I am more excited every year that I now have the ablity to put out music without any thought of money pleasing someone who has it without compromising the integrity of the work.
We released Subduction "Bad News From The Inner Solar System" officially on Digital Meltd0wn's music blog February 1st 2009. You can download the album in its entirety from there, my blog (Psyche Zenobia), LastFM, or several other places on the internet. We hope you enjoy listening to it as much as we enjoyed making it. Currently we are working on the visuals for the shows we plan on doing and making a video which you should be able to find here very soon. Here's the linx: Digital Meltd0wn "Subduction" article with downloadPsyche Zenobia blog