Original soundtrack composed for Telfar‘s FW17 presentation
In collaboration with Ryan Trecartin (Narration) and Babak Radboy (Artistic Direction)
…And the award for most time-travel-friendly, culturally adaptable, contextually annoyed, unisex specific, panic-onomical, worn equally by both offense and defense — goes to: TELFAR. Fill in the fucking blank. Meaning is in the eye of the beholder; and it’s a responsibility. Fill in the fucking blank.
— Ryan Trecartin, TELFAR F/W 2017
TELFAR F/W 2017 continues the designer’s starkly original, trend-agnostic, anti-identitarian, deconstruction of garments and their meanings. This season the body’s meridians are fault lines in which not only colors and fabric — but entire genres of garment can give-way to another: creating hybrid forms like puffer-peacoats; track-jacket-dress-shirts, wool-slack-pum-pum-shorts and cargo-knickers. A jewel-tone palette in nylon, knit, wool, cotton, fleece and denim appear at times all in a single garment, creating a total-look that is impossible to place. Somewhere between Patagonia and Shenzhen TELFAR continues to visualize an empty horizon in a fashion industry where more and more people, crowd an ever narrowing aesthetic consensus. 2017 is a good year not to fit in.
Out on PAN on Black Friday, 11/25/16
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‘THROAT’ is the new album by composer/producer Aaron David Ross (ADR). Arriving as the New York artist’s second release on PAN, ‘THROAT’ is made entirely from vocal sounds. It could only be crafted in the ultra-present; an age where the poetry of songwriting is flattened into catchy hooks. As words are sliced into sounds, ideas are reduced to sibilant syllables that still contain a range of emotional power, but deliver it in subversively different ways.
‘THROAT’ exploits these ways, borrowing vocal fragments from everywhere to collage a choral congregation of singing servers; pinging one another to create open-source equal-opportunity electronic pop music. Reichian polyrhythmic EDM drops into Bieber-esque beatboxing. Hypothetical K-pop stars conduct holographic choirs in altruistic ritual. Virtual summer festival DJs transcode into pure phonemes; anthropomorphizing formant-shifted vacuums of communication. When you drop the cargo of making sense, you can go so much faster.
As a classically trained musician inspired equally by pop and contemporary art & technology practices, ADR’s work has distinguished itself through its formal deliriousness and playful tenor. Besides ongoing collaborations with an international community of vocalists, producers, artists and fashion designers, Ross releases solo recordings, composes music for film, TV and advertising, and maintains a practice of live performance and sound installation.
The release is mastered by Jeremy Cox featuring artwork by Alex Gvojic.
“New York-based producer ADR, who also works as one half of the duo Gatekeeper, has shared a collage-based new video for “Every Node,” off his recently released LP Throat. The self-produced clip evokes the experience of scrolling through a Google image search for “mouth,” and builds on conceptual questions explored on the new album about the relationship between mediated communication and the voice. Every sound on Throat is a vocal sample of some kind; “Every Node” finds ADR using the technique to produce something that’s equal parts funny, gorgeous, and uncanny.”
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- Stephan Micus – Gates of Fire
- Future Sound Of London – Vit
- Wagon Christ – Kwikwidetrax
- Ryuichi Sakamoto – Lulu
- SD Laika – Peaked
- Omkara Techichi – Kiss of Poison
- Muslimgauze – Shaheed
- Guillaume de Machaut – Kyrie III
- Ken Ishi – Popgun
- AFX- Batine Acid
- W.A. Mozart – Requiem in D Minor
- Amnesia Scanner + Bill Kouligas – Lexachast
- Ramzi – Etwai
- James Ferraro – Tinted Windows
- Art of Noise – Dreaming in Color
- Above & Beyond – Sky Falls Down
- Lorenzo Senni – XMonterX
- ADR – Lifeline
- Pérotin – Viderunt Omnes (Hilliard Ensemble)
- Earl Bullhead – Jingle Dress Beat
- Aka Pygmies – Bobangi
- Dirty Loops – Crash & Burn Delight (+12)
- Slava – Wit U
- Rihanna – Where Have You Been
- massacooramaan – Binary Impolsions
- Doobie Powell – Love
- Kanye Video Vanguard Award Intro (feat. Samuel L. Jackson)
- Plastikman – Outbak
- Enya – Ebudae
- Brad Fiedel – Desert Suite
- Laurie Anderson – O Superman (for Massenet)
PAN w/ Aaron David Ross & Bill Kouligas – 7th December 2015 on NTS Radio
- JOE ZAWINUL-PEACE
- FSOL-YOU’RE CREEPING ME OUT
- DON HARRIS-CRYSTAL CANYONS
- JAN GARBAREK-CONCENTUS
- ADR (1)-UNDERSTANDING FATE
- ROBERT RICH-RAINFOREST SUITE DRUMSONG
- VISSICOOR-GLOBAL KID
- ARVO PART-ANNUM PER ANNUM
- ADR-GAIN BABIES
- MARK ISHAM-ON THE THRESHOLD OF LIBERTY
- MORT GARSON-NUMBERS, GEMS & COLORS
- SEVERED HEADS-ALL SAINTS DAY
- CARL CRAIG-SUSPERIA
- NAOSHI MAZUTA-INNERMOST PART OF THE SHELTER
- RYUICHI SAKAMOTO-TORSO OF A BLUE CAT
- BEN FROST-SECANT
- NAMCO-SELECT 1
- COLIN SELF-TELLING
- LAUREL HALO-AQUAFIER
- ADR-NEURAL NET WORTH
- STEPS AHEAD-MILES AWAY
- ALEX REECE-FRESH JIVE
- ELON KATZ-CHOKED ON MOON
- WENDY CARLOS-WATER MUSIC: ALLEGRO DECISO
- LEFTFIELD-AFRO RIDE
- KEN ISHI-PAUSE IN HERBS
- STEPHAN MICUS-FLOWERS IN CHINA, PASSING CLOUD
- PARASITE EVE-GHOST TOWN
- ADR-SIZZLE REEL
- JUSTIN BIEBER-I’LL SHOW YOU (ADR GLACIAL KARMA
- CHINO AMOBI-ANYA’S GARDEN (PRELUDE)
- COIL-ASCENSION,ENOCHIAN CALLING,ANGELIC
- ACRE-ALWAYS CRASHING
- GEENEUS-OLD SKOOL 2 (TRENDS REMIX)
- OKZHARP-DEAR RIBANE (FEAT. MANTHE)
- POBVIO-MVDOMBE (LECHUGA ZAFIRO REMIX)
- DYNAMO-VORAUS 2
- ANDREA TAEGGI-HIRAETH
- TALBOT FADE-TUGBOAT
- SODA PLAINS-REVOLVING DOOR (ADR SAY HELLO
- WOLFGANG DAUNER-CHANGES
- CONSULATE-ITALIAN GRIN
- HARUOMI HOSONO-FANTAZIO KAJ REALO
- CHINO AMOBI-ANYA’S GARDEN (FUGUE)
VAPECRU is a community of artists and musicians born from a shared interest in vapor. As a lifestyle, a smoking cessation device, a fashion accessory, or a science fiction prop, the e-cigarette has affected the lives of many in our community, and has created powerful ties across genre, methodology, and focus. Cloud Chasing Vol. 1 is the first collection of music by vapers, for vapers. I asked contributors to imagine “music to vape to,” and compiled the results into an album release which coincides with Rhizome’s e-cigarette symposium on February 22nd at the New Museum.
The submissions explore both figurative and literal approaches to the prompt: Milk’s “Vaping” describes the lifestyle in detail, Yen Tech’s “Powered Up” alludes to both electric and cultural power, and Loric’s “Top of the Pyramid” equates the movement to low fat food consumption. The instrumental tracks may be suited for relaxing in vape lounges, cloud chasing in the club, or expressing the frustrations of building an evenly burning sub-ohm coil…
Cloud Chasing Vol 1 begins to codify a sound that spans across demographic and discipline, uniting artists via their unique obsession, forming an intertextual collection of music to be enjoyed inside a dense, sweetly smelling cloud.
Compilation curated by Aaron David Ross + Matthew Dryhurst
ADR’s CHUNKY MONKEY, LP/CD
Released April 16th 2013 on Hippos In Tanks.
01 Casual Friday
02 Slush Fund
04 What is Takes
05 Social Studies
06 Home Improvement
07 Big Daddy
08 Stray Dog Strut
09 Don’t Fret
10 Whiz Kids
“Chunky Monkey” is the latest release from ADR, the avatar of Aaron David Ross, multimedia artist and member of the of the critically acclaimed Gatekeeper duo. Lauded as “bright, erotic and alive” by The New York Times, ADR has demonstrated his spirited, panache production style across a variety of projects over the last several years. He now readies his sophomore solo LP, “Chunky Monkey”, for release this spring on Hippos in Tanks.
“Chunky Monkey” is bristling phazer phunk; distended downtempo served as schizoid lifestyle music. Alone in his basement studio in NYC, ADR has re-assembled the constituents of everyday music consumption, ruminating on reality TV musical realism and the globalized flavors of “stock” music. These experiments are worked into a collage of stoned vocal scats and toothsome puns; wholesome exotica and woozy, schizophrenic pop.
A collection of airtight compositions which flex a range of influences, “Chunky Monkey” recalls the smoothness of big beat, trip hop & reggae against the hard swing of acid jazz. It fuses the silky cheese of Musak with the melancholy plush of jungle & downbeat. Through precise and idiosyncratic blends, ADR conjures a sound for shopping malls and/or space stations; a shark-eyed jest downloaded from the fractured fizz of New Consumerism.
This primate ain’t foolin’ around!
Hardcore Pastiche | Dummy Magazine [ 08 12 13 ]
Chunky Monkey Reviewed | In Your Speakers [ 04 30 13 ]
Review – Chunky Monkey | Juno Plus [ 04 26 13 ]
Review – Chunky Monkey | Pitchfork [ 04 22 13 ]
Chunky Monkey Reviewed | XLR8R [ 04 19 13 ]
Aaron David Ross’s Fair Trades | Interview Magazine [ 04 15 13 ]
Feature – Chunky Monkey | The Fader [ 04 11 13 ]
Fan video for “Slush Fund” from Chunky Monkey, created by Nico Callaghan
Throw on a robe, clap off your lights and fire up an e-cig—relaxation is mandatory while soaking up ADR’s lounge-tastic “Magico Mix”. As one half of Gatekeeper, Aaron David Ross specializes in forbidding extraterrestrial environments, but “Chunky Monkey”, his new solo debut album for label Hippos in Tanks (out now), hits closer to home. Chunky Monkey vivisects the frictionless textures of modern consumer environments, exposing alien weirdness within the sounds of iPhone games and self-serve Fro-Yo joints. ADR’s contribution to our mix series explores the album’s distinctly 90s roots, infusing a copacetic cocktail of jazzy trip-hop and easy-listening breakbeats with a bitter squeeze of vintage dub-techno dread. Look out for choice cuts from the likes of Tricky and Burning Spear, and peep our Q&A with the man himself here.
ADR – SOLITARY PURSUITS by Aaron David Ross
Released 9 18 11 by Public Information.
Artwork by Michael Vallera
© BODY LIMITS recordings, 2011
Review on Chips & the Rose (France) [02 11 12]
5 Stars on Norman Records [09 28 11]
News on Playground Mag[ translated ] [09 28 11]
Something Special on Boomkat [09 27 01]
Review in The Portland Mercury [09 26 01]
Preview on FACT MAG [09 26 01]
Review on Boomkat [09 25 01]
Review on BLEEP [09 26 01]
First Listen on Sonic Router [09 01 11]
Preview on TNUC [09 01 11]
Preview on Dummy Magazine [08 30 11]
Original music for Roland Juno 6 and Korg Wavestation as a tribute to the CSS web programming language.
Recordings of Enya’s 1996 recording of the traditional Latin & Gaelic masterpiece Pax Deorum through an EMU Systems Modular.
Study and reinterpretation of Music of the Night from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 1986 Broadway Musical The Phantom of the Opera.
Tracked Polyphony, EMU Systems Monophonic Modular synthesizer, Moog Vocoder