* Limited to 500
* Gatefold sleeve
* 32 page booklet
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At a time in history where we are constantly warned about shortening attention spans and the onslaught of information -- videos, pictures, sounds -- being too much for the human nervous system to withstand long-term, Spanish label Modern Obscure Music asks the logical next question: can one create a substantial work of art that lasts only 30 seconds?
The imprint asks a host of genre-crossing multimedia experimentalists to produce a work according to this strict brief — and the cohort prove just how stimulating creative limitations can be. What’s staggering about PRSNT is the diversity of exciting ideas at work. We begin with a luscious synthesised curtain-raise from the legendary Laurie Spiegel, and a subsequent melding of an electronic-ancient ritual scale from label boss Pedro Vian and Pierre Bastien. Meanwhile, Lyra Pramuk, Chassol and Pascal Comelade emulate the warmth and urgency of vintage video game bleep-bloops on their compositions, imprinting in the brain some sly earworms of melody. Lafawndah generates a head-spinning wealth of club atmospherics into a tiny nook of time, while a closing statement from Ryuichi Sakamoto simply plays nothing more than a pure sound-void with his 30 seconds of silence.
A stimulating experiment that certainly pays off, PRSNT is an enthralling reaction to the modern plight of having too little time and too much to do.
Booklet includes writing from contemporary thinkers like Shumon Basar and François J. Bonnet, and images from Wolfgang Tillmans, Juergen Teller, Araki, Jack Davison, Alessandra Sanguinetti, Dani Pujalte, Elizaveta Porodina, Adrià Cañameras, Larissa Zaidan, Zhong Lin and Javier Tles among others
Design by Marc Monguilod
Lacquer cut by Josh Bonati & Mastered by Rashad Becker