Release: FRKWYS Vol. 6 / Julianna Barwick & Ikue Mori (RVNG Intl)

June 5, 2011

I keep meaning to write about the RVNG Intl label purely because whenever I get a mailshot it looks super interesting and it’s also the type of label I’d like to run (I mean look at the press shot above), but time always disappears. Anyway, it’s Sunday and I have some time so I thought I’d give a heads up on their new release.

FRKWYS Vol. 6 is their new release and features four pieces composed and performed by artists Julianna Barwick and Ikue Mori as part of a month-long installation at White Columns gallery, New York, NY. Ikue Mori is a member of No Wave anti-stars DNA and pioneer of drum machine and software improvisation, and Julianna Barwick, an artist recognized for loop-based vocal compositions such as the 2009 Florine EP and 2011 The Magic Place LP.

We’ll have to take their word for it on this one as obviously being in NY we couldn’t pop by but for the installation a particle-board cubicle was constructed and placed at the center of the project space. The cubicle wall separated Julianna and Ikue to their respective seated work stations, while web cams captured the musicians at work and play and became interactive projections. Sounds like the sort of thing we could do with more of in London.

With the world of record labels becoming more and more about how creative you can be, each of the improvised performances were cut live to vinyl via portable lathe. Julianna and Ikue met a second time three weeks later at White Columns and the four pieces of FRKWYS Vol. 6 include two performances from the first collaboration and two performances from the latter.

The LP is available in limited edition, packaged in thick black jackets with a two-color adhesive wrap. 50 subscriber copies come in leatherette jackets. All LPs come with a 24-page black & white zine featuring photography by Mayer and Rogac.

For more information go to the labels website here. Physical release will be available June 14th, with digital following on the 20th.

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