Thing Asunder / Various
Thing Asunder is another Foundry project that brings together a variety of sound artists around a central idea. In this case the catalyst was a chapbook created by M. Bentley using the cut-up method of assembling text. Once this story, for it read like a bizarre penny-novel, was shared amongst a small group of adventuresome artists there was immediately talk of an audio elaboration on the chapbook, and thus the Thing Asunder CD took shape. The human mind always seems to try to impose structure on what it observes, and it is fascinating to see what sense can be made of randomly assembled text. By the same token it is astounding what a range of impressions and thoughts can be stimulated by music and sound. With Thing Asunder, Earwicker (Seofon, Chris Cones, and Kimoscio), Ben Swire, Steve Brand (formerly Augur), and M. Bentley (eM) draw inspiration from the cut-up text of the chapbook to create a collection of audio collages, a sonic soliloquy on the arbitrary nature of meaning and the mutability of form.