William Jourdain

Automatisme – Ultra-Scape 4Credits/Crédits: Music & video by/par William Jourdain (Automatisme)

Ultra-Scape 4 is an audiovisual work included in the Statique album, the fifth full length album on ‘Mille Plateaux and Force Inc.’ labels by Automatisme (the Canadian musician and conceptual artist William Jourdain active since 2011). Jourdain met the label owner Achim Szepanski in 2019 and did an album in solo (Alter-, Mille Plateaux, 2020) plus four others in collaborations (with iadema, Beyond Humans, Stefan Paulus and Viatorism in duo with Pheek). Automatisme now returns as a solo act on that label. The results are, on one side, an expanded vision of fast rhythmic clicks and cuts, like we heard on his Alter-Rate tracks and that are entitled Ultra-Rate on the Statique album. On the other side, it is the multiple Ultra-Scape tracks that are an augmented version of the granulized ambient dub techno he developed since the beginning of the Viatorism moniker. Jourdain adds elements of chaos and perturbation into algorithmic electronic music like static electricity is the presence of a disturbing body in a circuit. Following that theme, the Ultra-Scape 4 video is an attempt to induce statism time and visual noise in the original artwork jpeg file of the Statique album. The still image is now able to move inside the static dimension.

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