KANGDING RAY . HYPER OPAL MANTIS
Release : 24th February 2017
The tension between the natural and artificial, the body and mind, are central themes in electronic music in general, and Techno in particular, as the means of creation, focused around technology and interactions with machines, contrast with the emotional response to sound, the mystical ritual of collective dancing, and the ethos of liberation and tolerance embedded in the culture it produced.
We're navigating a world of engineered pleasures, big data monitoring of movements and consumption habits, and falsely objective representations of reality, further blurred by a reduced attention span and several opaque layers of cultural interpretation and political manipulation. Manichean simplifications are used to create hate and fear in order to achieve domination and impose limits on freedom, and the irrational belief in endless growth, increasingly disconnected from nature, led to massive environmental destructions and waves of unprecedented extinctions of species.
Our primal sensuous perception, vastly more abstract, emotional and sensual, make us feel the world as an ambiguous realm we are part of, but not in control of ; a complex network of interacting forces and enigmatic patterns, a matrix of overlapping desires. Rebuilding our bonds with nature, Reconnecting with our senses, and spreading love in the process becomes an essential act of resistance.
Hyper Opal Mantis is a triptych on 3 states of desire, and the first long player of Kangding Ray for Stroboscopic Artefacts. HYPER is the primal, sensual lust, OPAL is the emotional catharsis, a blissful desire for love. MANTIS, like the insect it refers to, is the destructive, fatal attraction.
HYPER OPAL MANTIS is Kangding Ray's first Album for Strobosocpic Artefacts.
KANGDING RAY . CORY ARCANE . R-N167
Release : 30th October 2015
01 . acto . 04:47
02 . dark barker . 05:09
03 . brume . 04:20
04 . these are my rivers . 08:10
05 . safran . 05:30
06 . burning bridges . 05:45
07 . bleu oscillant . 05:26
08 . when we were queens . 03:17
09 . on sleepless roads . 07:18
r-n 167 : cd · digital . 2xLP
© 2015 raster-noton. archiv für ton und nichtton, lc 01293
cover photo : marina minibaeva, www.marinaminibaeva.com
Cory Arcane found her comfort zone in a constant state of crisis, and her liberation
through love, sensuality, and high-speed internet access.
As some might recall, she used to struggle with her own decay, navigating an intricate web of bureaucracy, endless social-media scrolling, 24-hour news channel feeds and
marketed strategies of seduction.
Her intense and continuous obsession for surf, breakdancing and cat videos might have
saved her from a silent decline, but it would be her first attempts at integrating a professional ballet company that provided the initial spark.
Her unorthodox dance movements were often considered shocking, transgressive, and barely legal ; and even though some recognised her genuine talent, it was clear she would
never make it into this structure.
This is when she started her slow drift towards the outer limits of society, in search of the
way to achieve the conditions for absolute freedom.
Her emancipation was surely marked by different forms of excess: the inappropriate use
of fireworks, the consumption of large quantities of alcohol and controlled substances, as
well as the occasional blasts of kitchen appliances.
She bypassed the gender war and became an expert in advertising sabotage. Soon Cory
would give academic courses on the true liberation of the mind, or, in her own words, the
apotheosis of senses.
Lately, she could be seen squatting in the outskirts of different giant metropolises,
embracing the mayhem, contemplating the crumbling of a system. The sound of the city,
mixed with the music on her headphones, would weave complex rhythms and futuristic
textures into a beautifully coloured, pixellated surface.
Looking out onto this fabulous chaos, she smiled.
Solens Arc is Kangding Ray's fourth Album for raster-noton.
KANGDING RAY . SOLENS ARC . R-N154
Release : 24th February 2014
A stone thrown, just to watch it fly. A projectile launched for the sole purpose of drawing a ballistic trajectory in the sky.
The Solens arc is what remains after the subtraction of the goal; a simple parabolic curve defined by gravity, impulse and starting angle. No target to hit, no catharsis to wait for, just the beauty of the flight.
The Arc as the purpose, in the form of four variations, constructed from disintegrated melodic textures and dismantled beats. Each sequences are assembled seamlessly into dense, evolving compositions, while keeping their autonomy, and their role in the global dramaturgy.
Pointillist serial loops morph into abrasive rave anthems, broken club rhythms are refitted into uneven patterns, like deconstructivist sound architectures. Industrial techno stompers dissolve into granular sound waves and filtered space pads, before being overtaken by cinematic drums and rising arpeggios.
Solens Arc is Kangding Ray's fourth Album for raster-noton.
KANGDING RAY . Tempered Inmid . SA017
Kangding Ray . Tempered Inmid
For SA017 Kangding Ray brings an EP defined by dexterity: "Tempered Inmid". It is a record which balances the deepest drum with the most celestial synth, weaving a legend of both menace and tenderness. Possessed of an underlying hiss, the title track surges to dampen its muscular beat with a fabric of warm melodies. The discerning "Dimen Andesso" is the Tempered partner, shuffling with a considered high-end and off-kilter pads. On the flip KR ramps up the pace in introducing the mendacious thumps of "Nuis Octury", which he twists into a fever. But emblematically KR once more tempers. Closer "Ezerb Altren" conjures the image and emotion of an underground lake: depth, resonance, and total, glacial serenity.
mastered by Artefacts Mastering, Berlin.
KANGDING RAY . The Pentaki Slopes . R-N 145
Kangding Ray . The Pentaki Slopes
The tale of the mythic pentaki mountain has been engraved on a two-sided circular piece of wax.
the north face of the peak is steep, abrasive, and has been the subject of many legends in the region. it is said that whoever would manage to climb it would find a plateau, leading to a place called "the single source of truth".
considered as the ultimate goal by both psychedelic gurus and database optimization corporations, and as an ideal retirement destination for a couple of lost souls in search for coherence and objectivity, the source diffuses endless loops of haunted voices, apparently sampled from a discarded call center, running low on power, encouraging listeners to shorten cycles, deliver requests and improve user experience.
it is also said that anyone climbing from the south side would never reach the summit or find his way to the plateau, and would always end up on a lower altitude than where he started.
this topographical anomaly is probably the reason why the south face of the pentaki has always been favorited by locals, with its sunny weather and its luxurious vegetation flourishing along the soft downward slope, leading to a slow and peaceful end.
Kangding Ray . The Pentaki Slopes . 12" E.P
r-n 145 . raster-noton
A1 : North
A2 : Plateau ( a single source of truth )
B1 : South
The Pentaki Slopes
are available at