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Bureau 01:03
Capsule 00:59
Claim 01:02
Coffer 01:22
Cover 01:01
Envelope 01:03
Happen 01:02
Instance 00:59
Integument 01:02
Plight 01:05
Position 01:01
Sheath 01:03
Test 01:01
Trail 01:01
Wrap 01:00


The 'invalidObject Series' was established in 2000 as a sublabel of Fällt to release a finite series of twenty four 3" CD / MP3 works.

Offering a unique perspective on a diverse range of musical output at the turn of the millennium, the 'Series' featured work by some of the most respected artists operating within the field of '.microsound' and was described as "a remarkable document of a vibrant artistic community and a critical moment in the evolution of digital music" (Philip Sherburne), "a showcase for the extraordinary range of practical approaches within contemporary electronic music" (Matt Ffytche, The Wire) and, simply, "impressive" (Rob Young, Editor, The Wire).

24 artists were approached to produce a 15 minute 3" CD, and each was to take as their title one term from the "original 24 JavaScript reserved words" such as 'default', 'do', 'void' and so on. Each 15 minutes was to be further subdivided into one minute segments, giving artists the options of producing 15 one minute tracks. Such shared conditions created a strange and tantalising counterpoint to the sheer variety and contingency of the content.

Each release in the 'invalidObject Series' was pressed as a limited edition of 250 3" CDs of which 100 copies were editioned as 24 CD boxed sets. Each 3" CD was housed in a full-size clear jewel-case with two-colour packaging - in Pantone™ metallic and black - designed by Fällt designers Fehler collaborating with Alorenz, Berlin.

My work is abstract, cinematic and rather strange. Some of the ideas in here were to be heard on future recordings, so in a sense they are like clues or breadcrumbs towards new projects. Some of the tracks were sampled quite heavily by other electronic musicians at the time, so from time to time I still discover my sound appearing quite by surprise, where I least expect them to!

"Scanner adds his contribution to the series in the form of 'invalidObject Series (case)'. Largely experimenting with eerie atmospherics and heavily manipulated voice samples, Rimbaud’s work has an uneasily tense yet captivating quality to it. Compelling experimental sounds as always from Rimbaud, an artist who is forever pushing the boundaries of sound manipulation and structure."

"If Harry Smith's 'Anthology of American Folk Music' attempted to preserve something of the land and the folk that was historically lost, the 'invalidObject Series', 360 tracks on 24 3" CDs by 'some of the most respected artists operating within the field of '.microsound'', is a strange reversal of that concept - an attempt to make the present disappear into its own electronic micro traces, to hold a seance with the non-existant.
The Wire


released May 5, 2000

Written and produced by Robin Rimbaud
Design: Fehler with Alorenz, Berlin


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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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