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Low Jack’s unpredictable Editions Gravats twist out gruff, grooving Extraits of texturhythmic sound art from Jean-Franc¸ois Plomb’s JiFlure installation, making up the french artist/plastician’s idiosyncratic de´but release.

These are tightly coiled yet wickedly chaotic creations, gleaned from a jerry-rigged set-up of three compressed cardboard suitcases containing 4 x mechanical sanzas (Mbiras a.k.a. thumb pianos) built from circular saw blades and brochette spikes (metal skewers), all powered and excited by windscreen wiper motors and an array of homemade vibrators, mechanical drums, metronome and harmonica.

The workshopped results are inarguably congo-ruous with what you’ll find outta Du¨sseldorf’s Diskant label, and also bear a striking resemblance with the ferric tang of Konono No.1’s thumb piano techno, yet they hail from a rather different artistic process altogether, which possibly shares more in common with Jeff Keen’s self-built sound blatz or Pierre Bastien’s mechanical instrument compositions.

However, they all share a ruggedly rhythmic charge between them, one that relishes in the grit and infidelity of hypnotically repetitive, moire´-like pattern, and the friction of gear-grinding texture: something universally understood by DJs and dancers looking for ruder, unique styles to move mind and body.

JiFlure: Extraits

Extrait 1 JiFlure
Extrait 2 JiFlure
Extrait 3 JiFlure
Extrait 4 JiFlure

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