Iris Garrelfs is best known for her emotive, improvised glitch-tech performances
based around electronically manipulated, digitally warped voice sounds and site
specific, multi-channel installations. The central theme of her work is the
tension between the human and technological and she often uses her voice as raw
material, transmuting it into machine noises, choral works or pulverised into
granules of electro acoustic babble and glitch.
She is also a founding member of London`s experimental music & noise event banner
Sprawl and regularly hosts shows on resonance FM. Talking Space To Space is her most
recent project and takes the shape of a split 10" vinyl release with label mate
Milan on the German label Licht-Ung.
"Talking Space To Space is an ongoing radio performance project by Iris Garrelfs
listening to the echoes of creation. Using natural radio emissions from celestial
objects, Iris reshapes these sounds into an audio composition and flings them
back to the stars in a radio broadcast".
Compositions of manipulated radio frequencies are not new but rarely have the depth
and ambiance of this release. From a post Cagien perspective these tracks
are much more than the sum of their parts and as compositions they are fluid and
dynamic. As the opening track hurls clusters of grainy sound at the stereo image,
your carried into the cosmos on a wave of particle interference and lo fi
crackles & glitches. Cold meteor like sine waves emerge in dissonant collages of
abstract soundscapes sometimes dark and brooding others with a more contemplative
feel. I particularly like the notion of recording and reshaping these frequencies
before flinging them out again as a radio broadcast which we did on Furthernoise
while she was in Bristol performing on the Interplay tour. There is also another
radio project Radio Qualia which for interest is worth checking out for its
stream of sounds intercepted from space and broadcast live on the internet.
However, it is the hiatus of 'Talking Space To Space' as a composition that has that
most unique of qualities, the human organisation of technology. Here Iris
creates a true hybrid of art and science and all on that most wonderful triumph
of human ingenuity, vinyl.
Recommended headphone listening.
(Review by Roger Mills / furthernoise.org)
Split 10" in a tiny edition of this excentric german art-project with the british
soundartist IRIS GARRELFS. Two pieces with ominous dronescapes, strange clouds of rather
dull moaning sounds, pulses, crackles, resonance-bubbles, quite exciting in their indeterminableness.
Great record, very much recommended. Comes with colour-photo sticked on, and inlay. Numbered ed.
Background to IRIS GARRELFS recordings: "(Talking) Space to Space is an ongoing radio
project. Using captured natural radio emissions from celestial objects, Iris reshapes these
sounds into an audio composition and flings them back to the stars in a radio
broadcast. A poetic gesture, a sensual fiction which takes the past, re-shapes it in real-time
and travels with it into the future. The piece was originally performed on Resonance
FM in June 04 and as part of Radio Art Riot during the Frieze Art Fair, October 04. An
extract was also featured as part of Radio Day of European Cultures in October 05. An
extended version was listed for the PRS New Musci Award in 05. An extract wil be released
on 10" vinyl by German art label lich-tung in spring 06." [website info]
(Stefan Knappe/Drone Records)