⇩ below ⇩ aƒ222 is an alternate configuration of aƒ2 ➜ sped up 300% and reversed

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↱ a ƒolder is a polyphonic outputting organism that contracts ⊹ expands, inflates ⊹ deflates, to include the the hYper-ac⊛ustic composition of Oscar Powell and the H!-sensitive film and image work of Michael Amstad and Marte Eknæs ➜ a ƒolder was established to proliferate more flexible ⤻ spontaneous modes of expression in a range of indeterminate formats

↑ above ↑ 40 x A2 prints created by Michael Amstad and Marte Eknæs to mark the opening of a ƒolder in 2020

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aƒ7

midi-flex 222 ↪︎ lp ↩︎

powell

midi-flex 222 ✰ is a more current accompaniment to an ongoing volley of new music that has begun to emerge this year ⥄ a mini-LP formed of 7 parts, it was recorded according to a collection of NON-sensical laws established under lockdown ↓ April 2020 ↓ where ‘flash across the intervals’ and ‘multiply the sides’ [the pair of albums released concurrently in May] are schizoid in their promotion of disjunctions and abrupt about-turns, midi-flex 222 progresses as a single flow or synthetic mass ❏ it inflates and deflates, contracts and expands ❏ as it travels across 7 segmented parts and 23 min 38 sec of time.

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↑ above ↑ 40 x A2 prints created by Michael Amstad and Marte Eknæs to mark the opening of a ƒolder in 2020

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↓ trk 2 contains Microsoft Word™ ✐ text-to-speech ✎ stream written by oscar powell [see text below] ↓

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aƒ18

flash across the intervals ↪︎ lp ↩︎

powell

flash across the intervals is the first new powell LP since 2016’s Sport on XL Recordings ⨧ the first music available physically since his 2018 collaboration with Turner-Prize winning artist Wolfgang Tillmans ➬ oscar [powell] wanted it known that this is not intended as a definitive album ↪︎ the realisation/release of some bold new statement, a singular mark of identity or triumphant elucidation of years of valiant work ↩︎ rather, it is simply 35 minutes of music segmented from an overall flow of stuff ⥄ a variable torrent of hyper-synthetic composition brought about by entirely other things ⇩ circumstances that relate in no way to a previous life led within the toxic/capitalist bubble of taste, music, entertainment and ‘community’ ▷ as René Char once wrote, ‘no bird has the heart to sing in a thicket of questions’, and so it was that oscar found himself bereft of courage, stripped of any enduring connection to his work, dissociated from many of the fragile and reactionary structures that had previously held him up. when your own distributor won’t answer your emails ☀︎ when the illusion of reality dissolves around you ☀︎ how can you not think as Leibniz once did: ‘we thought we had arrived at port, but found ourselves thrown back out on the open sea.’ it is easy to be moulded by a contemporary space that leaves you with no possibility of creating anything at all; in a kind of zero state of expression that inevitably forces you to look elsewhere ↙︎ to pursue a Deleuzian line of escape out towards a horizon line that never draws closer. here at least, out on the waves, new cartographies can be traced and new connections formed. this album thus functions as a message in a bottle: cast from unknown coordinates, it maps some of these connections, not least in its close relationship with the visual work of michael amstad and marte eknæs ➔ their imagery fills this music ➔ oscar’s music inflates their films. what emerges from the fog is a luminous three-headed constellation of melodic lines in non-sensical interplay with one another ⥄ here on record, though, spinning at a speed of your choosing, and with eyes closed and no imagery to hand, the feeling remains of a profound decentring, music discontinuously carb✲nated by an alternate geography of relations, the depths of which are only just beginning to be explored. 

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aƒ19

multiply the sides ↪︎ lp ↩︎

powell

this is the second album of carb✻nated computer music from powell ☆ made available via a ƒolder ◎ aƒ19 could be read/misunderstood as a twin to aƒ18 ➜ hence their proximity in a non-chronological catalogue ↙︎ each is the same ❊ equally, each is completely different. here ➜ outside-time rhythmic conflations captured in moments of clear sight; there ➜ hYper-ac⊛ustic lines of flight ± aberrant synthetic entanglements ⨳ please note: trk 3, ‘☆ difference, for nik ☆’, is dedicated to Nik Powell, whose life and legacy will continue to inspire ✰ spec!al request ✰ play/view contents 👁‍🗨 loud or quiet on hI-vis ☀︎ please support the artists in difficult times ☀︎

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above ↑ 30 minute dual-screen performance spliced together from over 12 hours of recorded film/music ▷ featuring Notch processing by mathias gmachl ➜ it serves as the first live document of a ƒolder in ↯ full flight ↯ with all four artists at various angles of tilt

below ↓ photo from loop.ph studio ⇨ September 2019

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aƒ69

supercut ☼ √irtual ☼

eknæs gmachl amstad powell

in an inflated state, as a live physical or virtual performance, a ƒolder absorbs the real-time processing sys⨧ems and virtual multiplication of artist and researcher Mathias Gmachl ➜ each live entanglement ⨳ functions as a multi-sensory overload, an unstable assemblage that folds and unfolds across time, actual / √irtual space and alternate planes of reference ❏ in this networked state, its borders remain open, even when traditional borders are closed ⤵︎ 

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✐ rosny, j. h. the elder [1895] another world, trans. mackay, r.

✐ mann, t. [1941] doctor faustus, trans. lower-porter, h. t.

Michael Amstad [error.vision] is a Swiss filmmaker, video designer and animator based in Berlin, who operates in different constellations in art, music and film. Through a wide range of collaborations, he in equal measures adapts and shapes visual languages. He has recently and currently worked with Wolfgang Tillmans, Not Waving, Powell, Hito Steyerl, Armin Lorenz Gerold and Mark Soo. As part of Hylas Film, he has for the last 10 years developed and created the stop motion animation series Circus, which might finally be completed in 2022 or 2032. Together with Marte Eknæs he has developed a distinct form of moving imagery, which is reflected in several music videos and the video works 5/4 CITY and People Mover, which was screened at UKS, Oslo; Volksbühne, Berlin; Kölnischer Kunstverein; The Kitchen, NYC, Cobo, Detroit, and now has found a liaison in a ƒolder.

Mathias Gmachl [loop.ph] is a trans-disciplinary artist, researcher and design thinker. He is director of studio Loop.pH founded in 2003 to form an entirely new creative practice that reaches beyond specialist boundaries by facilitating collaborative spaces, mediating between digital and biological media and intervening at an urban scale to re-imagine life in the city. He is also a founding member of farmersmanual, a self-supporting meme since 1996 that is run as a lazily self-organised enterprise by a set of committed individuals. From its original purpose as a brand for doped-out electronic tunes and music, it has evolved into a subsurface auto poetic process with occasional overt activity of unique quality, consistently transmitting fun, pathology and beauty from the bow-wave of mainstream aesthetics.

Marte Eknæs [marteeknaes.info] is a Norwegian visual artist. Her practice spans a wide range of expressions including sculpture, digital collage, text and video. She has exhibited widely internationally, completed several large scale public commissions and works in different collaborative constellations. Some of her recent and upcoming exhibitions include Kunsthall Oslo; Between Bridges, London; What Pipeline and Susanne Hilberry Gallery, Detroit; Trondheim Kunstmuseum; and Kunsthall Stavanger. In 2019, she founded the web platform formsofflexibility.space which is a continuously growing cross disciplinary network of contributions. Together with Michael Amstad she has developed a distinct form of moving imagery, which is reflected in several music videos and the video works 5/4 CITY and People Mover, which was screened at UKS, Oslo; Volksbühne, Berlin; Kölnischer Kunstverein; The Kitchen, NYC, Cobo, Detroit, and now has found a liaison in a ƒolder.

Oscar Powell is an artist/musician/composer living and working in London ➜ he has been in self-isolation since late 2017 ↩︎ prior to that, he released a √olley of deviant rhythm music under his last name [on XL, Diagonal] and, in 2018, collaborated with Wolfgang Tillmans ↰ he used to tour live all over the world, both as solo artist and in collaboration with Tillmans, Russell Haswell [Mute, Warp, Diagonal, Editions Mego] and Lorenzo Senni [Editions Mego, Warp] ⨳ he hopes to tour again soon ▷ to open a ƒolder for others ✰ this current wave of hYper-audio compositional work draws on ongoing research in systems theory, pelagic ecosystems ↩︎ Deleuzian thought ↓ and the natural world

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