Finally, Amnesia Scanner, Bill Kouligas and Harm Van Dorpel’s A/V project arrives in album form, taking in unspooled/unravelling mixtape fragments, generative avant-EDM and cyberdrone topographies inspired by NSFW imagery and extreme banality. If you were into Haswell & Hecker’s amazing ‘Blackest Ever Black (Electroacoustic UPIC Recordings), or generally fascinated by PAN's sprawling, multi-faceted interests, this incredible album really is a kind of encapsulation of that limitless world of sound.
Amnesia Scanner, Bill Kouligas and Harm Van Dorpel’s prism-collapsing, algorithmic A/V project ‘Lexachast’ becomes extruded polyvinyl flesh on their sickeningly strong debut for PAN. Conceived in 2015 as an improvised performance between Bill Kouligas and Amnesia Scanner at London’s ICA, ‘Lexachast’ was subsequently developed into an online A/V work with visual artist Harm Van Dorpel, and is here presented in its current, full-grown form - a flux of sonic references to the fallout of avant-EDM and cyberdrone, resembling a swan dive into the uncanny valley’s darkside.
In a bold synaesthetic dialogue, Kouligas and Amnesia Scanner sonically respond to a dense flux of NSFW and extremely banal images raked up from the Internet’s underbelly (Deviant Art and Flickr) and layered by Harm Van Dorpel’s ever-evolving, image-sourcing algorithm. Through this process, they effectively give voice to the images and their morphed meanings, mirroring their abstracted, warped content with a sonic vocabulary of hypermodern dance musick.
The results speak to humanity’s ever-changing relationship and un/familiarity with the Internet, and the way it mediates the self. Simultaneously drawing upon our darkest thoughts, our existential traumas and their prosaic settings, Lexachast is acutely symptomatic of our epoch - taking age old concerns about who we are and the limits of new technology. It’s not pretty, but it is utterly fascinating - like a car crash witnessed in slow motion.