• b lan 3 Library Catalog Music Series: Music for Hunting and Mapping (CD, £3.95)

    label: Asthmatic Kitty

    B Lan 3 is a solo project by musician and visual artist Michael Diekmann. A resident of New York City, he also records and performs with the minimalist cold-wave formation Ike Yard, and the pioneering experimental hip-hop group Death Comet Crew. He has also composed soundtracks for video and multimedia installations for multimedia artists including Gretchen Bender, Robert Longo and Marcello Mazzella; as well as contributing music with Death Comet Crew to the audio book version of ‘Neuromancer’ by William Gibson. The compositions on ‘Music for Hunting And Mapping’ were developed with a focus on the mapping of an imaginary realm and were largely inspired by a consideration of a collision between high and low culture; specifically by exploring stylistic conceits from anime and video gaming while drawing upon “high art” examples from literature and cinema. For example, how would director Hayao Miyazaki interpret Thomas Pynchon’s novel ‘Mason & Dixon’ as an anime film? Or, what would a single-player, RPG video game of director Andrei Tarkovsky’s film ‘Andrei Rublev’ look like? Or a multiplayer video game based on Herman Melville’s ‘Moby Dick’? The strategies employed in composition and production imbue the recordings with sense of fantasy… or at least a synthetic version of reality, much in the same manner of more highly developed video games and anime.

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