ozeanishe gefühle

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irr. app. (ext) is the work of california-based sound artist matt waldron, known over the years for his ongoing collaboration with steven stapleton in nurse with wound. the title to this album has origins with freud and earlier thinkers; yet waldron came across ozeanische gefühle (which translates from the german as "oceanic feelings") in his studies of wilhelm reich who referenced the term to describe the natural state of every healthy organism as connected to and engaged with the world around it, with its energies flowing from the center outwards. for waldron, reich's ideas became the starting point for a metonymic exercise seeking to discover that which is near a signifier and spiral beyond each successive discovery along a complicated aesthetic thread by way of intuition and accident. the album tumbles through a series of sympathetic dronings, field recordings, and performative gestures, continuously traversing the emotional polarities of psychological tension and externalized jouissance. the album begins with a heavily processed flutter of sustained woodwinds accompanied by thunderous rumbles in the distance before dispersing amidst bernhard hermann-esque slashings of discordant strings. later on, the grotesque pathos of a wurlitzer organ dissolves into a blackened emptiness that envelopes the complex resonant frequencies from waldron's slow, deliberate performance upon bowls and bells. despite the incredible depth of his source materials, waldron displays an uncanny intellect that reflects all of his wandering passages through the lens of a melancholic ambience. simply put, ozeanische gefühle is a wonder to behold.

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released July 13, 2004

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