Modern Studies and Tommy Perman new album
‘Emergent Slow Arcs’
“A brilliant album” Norman Records
“A mysterious, frequently fascinating ambient techno record” AllMusic
★★★★ The Vinyl District
★★★★ Norman Records
Limited to 500 copies with unique hand-cut sleeve
A story and some questions:
Ever had that experience when a small innovative person has dismantled the Lego Millennium Falcon? Then, when you try to re-assemble it, it doesn’t look anything like the vehicle that took Luke and Leah to the Death Star, instead it’s a shiny new space hopper that’s unique to your own warped imagination.
Welcome Tommy Perman – designer, sound artist, arranger, insomniac – a man with a love of dismantling things and repurposing them accordingly.
A long-time artistic collaborator with Rob St John of MOJO-approved Modern Studies, when Tommy heard the songs on their ‘Welcome Strangers’ album, although he loved them, he just couldn’t resist a bit of manipulation, re-interpretation, dissection, elongation and minimisation. He’s that kind of guy.
Tommy is a talent – check out his surfacepressure.net site – it’s full of beautifully designed things, hand-tooled, hand-crafted, rare-as-can-be must-haves that make Record Store Day seem like old school bric-a-brac. He was part of creative conglomerate FOUND, he’s done time in Random Audio Therapy Unit, not to mention his BAFTA-award winning sound sculpture Cybraphon. He likes an art project.
A set of beautiful modern electronic compositions, Tommy and Modern Studies have made ‘Welcome Strangers’ sound like Brian Eno, John Carpenter and Tangerine Dream’s grandchildren were hanging out with Aphex Twin’s twin. ‘Emergent Slow Arcs’ is something else.
Once completed, it sat in isolation to mature. A Frankenstein moment? A monster of ambient ardour.
“Would the band like it?” he worried. “Would they hate it and demand he destroy the digital files and never open his laptop again?”
Of course, the tale has a happy ending. ‘Emergent Slow Arcs’ is like nothing else in the Modern Studies canon. Tommy’s laptop remains open, his secretive dismantling in the wee small hours was celebrated; it’s an electronic homage, a mystical re-telling that sounds so askew from the sum of its parts it has a life all of its own, traversing an arc previously unchartered.
How did he do that?
Track list & videos
1. ephemeris mist
2. faraway hills
3. celestial dance
5. ghost skies
6. spectral cannon
7. edgeland duet
8. sunup shutdown