Forest Swords' original score for 'The Machine Air', an art film by speculative architect and director Liam Young, the first to be recorded entirely on drones. First premiered in its original form at BFI London Film Festival, it has been screened at the likes of Sonar Festival and Eindhoven Bienniale.
Here edited and sculpted into 14 tracks, the score mirrors the film's cut and paste claustrophobia: smeared sci-fi synth and beautiful distorted melodies rattle alongside metronomic rhythms and stretched samples, rewiring the hums of flying vehicles into warped and contorted sound design.
‘The Machine Air’s soundtrack navigates the tension of this tech in our lives: drones simultaneously used as autonomous killing machines or aid delivery vehicles; surveillance robots or Amazon shopping tools. While Matthew Barnes’ previous work has retooled organic and human sounds into modern electronic worlds, here he pushes and pulls the music into beautiful, more dystopian shapes, combining with Young’s visuals to give a chilly glimpse into the near future.
Limited edition 12" black vinyl in spined sleeve, with printed insert. Packaged in reusable PVC sleeve. 300 copies.
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