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‘Foxconn / Trios’ is a previously unreleased record originally recorded by d’Eon in 2012 during their involvement with the Hippos In Tanks label.
Over the course of the first eight (out of nine) tracks, d’Eon’s arsenal of sounds are rolled, stabbed and skipped through, presenting a more singular vision than d’Eon’s previous releases. Their nearest contemporaries can be found in the audio-materialist studies of Mark Fell, post ‘Oversteps’ Autechre, late period 0pn, or Lorenzo Senni.
d’Eon explains the material and the compositional process as follows: ‘The tracks comprising the record freely and irregularly travel both forward and backward in MIDI-time. By putting together small arrangements using low sample-rate soundfonts in a tracker, and by writing short loops that are legible both forwards and backwards, the MIDI information can be traversed in any arbitrary direction at any arbitrary intervals and still be harmonically and contrapuntally sound. Ordinary rhythmic patterns are inherently legible regardless of the firing order of events because of a snare’s inherent role as the up beat and a kick’s as the down beat. If all notes in a phrase and all chords in a progression work equally well with their neighbours before them and their neighbour after, the direction of the clock is irrelevant. If those conditions are met, a 32-bar, two- three- or four-chord pattern with a single melody is easily made into a fully through-composed piece of music that could continue for hours without any pattern repetition at all.’
The many facets of the new sound begin to unfold at the end, when the ninth and closing track ‘Foxconn II’ leaves the release’s dominating technique behind and rewrites the material into an instrumental R&B track. Though the same method is utilized throughout the first eight tracks it becomes striking that equally complex harmonic progressions are happening simultaneously producing a large plethora of moods, and revealing d’Eon’s ability to combine the radically novel and original with the familiar and more tangible. d’Eon cinematically takes elements from the past and with an elegant violence rapidly animates them into the future, shaping the path towards what’s to come. – Text by Nicolai Krog