↑ aƒ222 ↑ is an alternate configuration of aƒ2 ➜ sped up 300% and reversed
read 'all speeds ➜ notes on aƒ222' ➜ a short text that accompanies this film
midi-flex 222 was written by oscar powell under lockdown 19-26 april 2020 ➜ companion / future relation to the two albums available on other services ⨳ both of which were recorded in 2019 ➜ this piece will be available for Hi-res download exclusively via Bleep from 13 May
↱ 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
every ƒolder [or release] can be seen as a vessel for other things: a place where music, film, image, text ± other actual/√irtual ideas are free to diverge/converge → to collect, collide and multiply according to NON-sensical rules ⧉ each ƒolder is catalogued and archived non-chronologically at a folder.studio
▷ aƒ2 is the first ☀︎ H!-sensitive ☀︎ film distributed via a ƒolder ↯ created ↯ by michael amstad and marte eknæs ➜ conceived in divergent di⭐︎logue with original-length carb⊛nated composition by powell ➜ multi-conducts of time ↩︎ a revolving door that spins across alternate actual / √irtual planes ↱ in this responsive state, deflation leads to liberation
this music was ⊹ remains inflated by the cultivation of a certain joyfulness
it is the first collection of music in a sustained volley from now until ¿
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leave your mail securely ⨧ we will treat it with care ☀︎ using it only for updates on new music ⭐︎ film ⭐︎ √irtual performances ⭐︎ and all ƒolder-related activity ➜ this gesture forms one side of an aberrant exchange: you leave your mail ➜ we open a ƒolder
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 ⤵︎
second unstable assemblage 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 ☀︎
✐ rosny, j. h. the elder  another world, trans. mackay, r.
✐ mann, t.  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