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Ash 1​.​7 (Remaster 2018)

by Scanner

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    A remastered version of the classic 1994 Ash 1.7 (Mass Observation) release, plus a live recording from 2018, unreleased mixes from the period, and rare press clippings, flyers and interviews from the time to offer a fuller context.
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Originally recorded in 1994 at Thirst in Croydon London, as a live session. Dehumanised communications, beatless, radio signals were drawn in live to tape, and accompanied by dial tone pulses and abstract textures, Mass Observation is a highly suggestive picture of a particular place in a city at a very specific time.

This early body of work of mine, in the early and mid-1990s was a study in surveillance. Long before our concerns about data leakage at Facebook, and Siri spying on our private moments, I used the scanner device itself - a modestly sophisticated radio receiver - to explore the relationship between the public and private spheres, lending a deep sense of drama to these found cellular conversations within a contextual electronic score. In many ways, this work pre-empted our reality culture, as it exists today, with our TVs now saturated by Love Island and Big Brother.

In the experimental techno uprising of Britain in the mid-1990s this work proved controversial and memorable. Bjork sampled Mass Observation controversially for her Possibly Maybe single, whilst Coil and Aphex Twin bought radio scanners and introduced these found voices into their recordings, whilst I continued to create work in this grey area of ambient sound. It’s work that still carries great meaning for me, opening up possibilities with sound and introducing the human voice back into experimental electronic music.

Features a series of unreleased and remastered pieces recorded around the same period


released October 15, 1994

Thanks to Robert Hampson and Jim O'Rourke for their contributions.

Tracks 1-4 originally on Ash International (1.7) 1994
Remastered by Lawrence English.


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Scanner London, UK

Robin Rimbaud - Scanner is an artist and composer working in London. Since 1991 he has been intensely active in sonic art, producing concerts, installations and recordings, the albums Mass Observation (1994), Delivery (1997), and The Garden is Full of Metal (1998). His work has been presented throughout the United States, South America, Asia, Australia and Europe. ... more


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