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Mark Vernon // The Dramaturgy of Decay LP

Mark Vernon // The Dramaturgy of Decay LP

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This is a record released by Mark Vernon, an experimental musician from Glasgow, Scotland, who has released records in the past on labels such as Kye, Canti Magnetici, and Calling Cards, from the experimental label Futura Resitenza in Brussels, Belgium, in May 2024.

Includes 7 sound collage drones.

*Please feel free to contact us as we will send you the digital sound source free of charge.

Below is a commentary by the label.

"When the first cameras came out, some people refused to have their pictures taken for fear that the machines would take their souls. Similar fears were expressed when early recording technology came along. Recording the human voice meant separating it from a living, breathing body and creating an illusion. There's something wonderfully ghostly about The Dramaturgy of Decay, full of distorted voices, close yet infinitely invisible and out of reach.

Voices appear and disappear. Blend with other elements. Sometimes they are submerged and erased. They become infinitely different. And I think. Am I hearing the sound of the ocean or the wind in the trees? Is this the sound of a haunted house, or is it the sound itself of a haunted house?

Vernon composes movies for the ear. Something that has a unique texture and is immediately present. I consider Dramaturgy of Collapse to be the sonic equivalent of the ruinous films of Bill Morrison (Decaia, 2002) and Peter Delputo (Lyrical Nitrate, 1991). ing. I hear the sound of the tape, the sound of the media, and I hear it fade away. However, its disappearance is not tragic. There's a gentle vein of humor running through this album. Despite its eeriness, Vernon's soundscapes feel comforting and familiar, as delicate and gentle as Jonas Mekas' Super 8 films.

Vernon has long been fascinated by home recordings and the urgent poetry of everyday life. On The Dramaturgy of Decay, you can hear snippets of messages left on answering machines ("Pouring From Hollow to Empty", "The Years Simply Dissolved"). Messages are re-edited and become slow or disjointed. Somewhere, people are clapping and laughing forever. He tries playing the piano. An uncertain singing voice. Vernon patiently excavates reality, revealing soundscapes of the forgotten, the buried, and the invisible.

Everything in The Dramaturgy of Decay speaks of death, of the irreversible flow of time, of places and voices disappearing, of things that will never return. His work captures the infinitely slow but determined movement of erasure, the emptiness where something should have been. It also broadly reflects the destruction of our environment.

But there are no necrophilic impulses here. It seems to me that Vernon is in dialogue with the lost, the ephemeral, and the dead, constantly drawing life out of them. And he reveals not their death, but the raw eternity of the moment. ``The Dramaturgy of Decay'' is a study of time through sound. But most importantly, it's very beautiful music. It is not of this world, nor is it of any other world. It's the music of the here and now. "

Labels and other worksplease use this form. ///Click here to see more Futura Resistenza releases available at Tobira.

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Ask us for digital files. 12" black vinyl.

tracklist:

1. A Wrong Turn Towards Eternity 10:12
2. Achterhaven Splinters 04:37
3. Pouring from Hollow to Empty 03:31
4. Trembling with the Impatience of Engines 02:22
5. The Town was a Tomb and the Sky its Vault 08:05
6. Unbroken Spontinuity 02:39
7. The Years Simply Dissolved 06:38

Text excerpt by Futura Resistenza:

"... Vernon composes a cinema for the ears. Something uniquely textured and immediately present. I think of The Dramaturgy of Decay as a sonic equivalent to the ruined films of Bill Morrison (Decasia, 2002) or Peter Delpeut (Lyrical Nitrate, 1991). I hear the tape, the sound of the medium – and I hear it disappearing – I see the end coming. And yet the disappearance is not tragic. There is a vein of humour gently running throughout the album. For all their eeriness, Vernon's soundscapes carry with them something comfortingly familiar – something delicate and tender like the Super 8 films of Jonas Mekas.

Vernon has long been fascinated with home-recordings and the urgent poetry of the everyday. On The Dramaturgy of Decay we hear snippets of audio letters, messages left on answering machines (“Pouring From Hollow to Empty”, “The Years Simply Dissolved”) The messages get reworked and rearranged, slowed down and taken apart. Somewhere people are forever clapping, laughing. Tentatively playing the piano. Singing uncertainly. Vernon patiently excavates the real, revealing a soundscape of the forgotten, the buried, the invisible.

Everything in The Dramaturgy of Decay speaks of death – of the irreversible passing of time, of vanishing places and voices – of that which will not return. His work captures the infinitely slow yet resolute movement of erasure, the empty place where something used to be . It also reflects the wider destruction of our environment.

Yet there is no necrophilic impulse here. As Vernon converses with the lost, the transient and the dead, it seems to me he is tirelessly extracting life from them. And he reveals not their deadness but rather the quick, living eternity of instants. Dramaturgy of Decay is a reflection on time through sound. But, most importantly, it is extremely beautiful music. Not quite of this world and, yet, not of any other world. It is music for the here and now."

Artist: Mark Vernon

Label : Futura Resistenza

CAT No: RESLP031

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*Will be shipped after restocking in mid-September

This is a record released by Mark Vernon, an experimental musician from Glasgow, Scotland, who has released records in the past on labels such as Kye, Canti Magnetici, and Calling Cards, from the experimental label Futura Resitenza in Brussels, Belgium, in May 2024.

Includes 7 sound collage drones.

*Please feel free to contact us as we will send you the digital sound source free of charge.

Below is a commentary by the label.

"When the first cameras came out, some people refused to have their pictures taken for fear that the machines would take their souls. Similar fears were expressed when early recording technology came along. Recording the human voice meant separating it from a living, breathing body and creating an illusion. There's something wonderfully ghostly about The Dramaturgy of Decay, full of distorted voices, close yet infinitely invisible and out of reach.

Voices appear and disappear. Blend with other elements. Sometimes they are submerged and erased. They become infinitely different. And I think. Am I hearing the sound of the ocean or the wind in the trees? Is this the sound of a haunted house, or is it the sound itself of a haunted house?

Vernon composes movies for the ear. Something that has a unique texture and is immediately present. I consider Dramaturgy of Collapse to be the sonic equivalent of the ruinous films of Bill Morrison (Decaia, 2002) and Peter Delputo (Lyrical Nitrate, 1991). ing. I hear the sound of the tape, the sound of the media, and I hear it fade away. However, its disappearance is not tragic. There's a gentle vein of humor running through this album. Despite its eeriness, Vernon's soundscapes feel comforting and familiar, as delicate and gentle as Jonas Mekas' Super 8 films.

Vernon has long been fascinated by home recordings and the urgent poetry of everyday life. On The Dramaturgy of Decay, you can hear snippets of messages left on answering machines ("Pouring From Hollow to Empty", "The Years Simply Dissolved"). Messages are re-edited and become slow or disjointed. Somewhere, people are clapping and laughing forever. He tries playing the piano. An uncertain singing voice. Vernon patiently excavates reality, revealing soundscapes of the forgotten, the buried, and the invisible.

Everything in The Dramaturgy of Decay speaks of death, of the irreversible flow of time, of places and voices disappearing, of things that will never return. His work captures the infinitely slow but determined movement of erasure, the emptiness where something should have been. It also broadly reflects the destruction of our environment.

But there are no necrophilic impulses here. It seems to me that Vernon is in dialogue with the lost, the ephemeral, and the dead, constantly drawing life out of them. And he reveals not their death, but the raw eternity of the moment. ``The Dramaturgy of Decay'' is a study of time through sound. But most importantly, it's very beautiful music. It is not of this world, nor is it of any other world. It's the music of the here and now. "

Futura Resistant · Mark Vernon - The Dramaturgy of Decay (RESLP031) Preview

Labels and other worksplease use this form. ///Click here to see more Futura Resistenza releases available at Tobira.

-------------------------------------

Ask us for digital files. 12" black vinyl.

tracklist:

1. A Wrong Turn Towards Eternity 10:12
2. Achterhaven Splinters 04:37
3. Pouring from Hollow to Empty 03:31
4. Trembling with the Impatience of Engines 02:22
5. The Town was a Tomb and the Sky its Vault 08:05
6. Unbroken Spontinuity 02:39
7. The Years Simply Dissolved 06:38

Text excerpt by Futura Resistenza:

"... Vernon composes a cinema for the ears. Something uniquely textured and immediately present. I think of The Dramaturgy of Decay as a sonic equivalent to the ruined films of Bill Morrison (Decasia, 2002) or Peter Delpeut (Lyrical Nitrate, 1991). I hear the tape, the sound of the medium – and I hear it disappearing – I see the end coming. And yet the disappearance is not tragic. There is a vein of humour gently running throughout the album. For all their eeriness, Vernon's soundscapes carry with them something comfortingly familiar – something delicate and tender like the Super 8 films of Jonas Mekas.

Vernon has long been fascinated with home-recordings and the urgent poetry of the everyday. On The Dramaturgy of Decay we hear snippets of audio letters, messages left on answering machines (“Pouring From Hollow to Empty”, “The Years Simply Dissolved”) The messages get reworked and rearranged, slowed down and taken apart. Somewhere people are forever clapping, laughing. Tentatively playing the piano. Singing uncertainly. Vernon patiently excavates the real, revealing a soundscape of the forgotten, the buried, the invisible.

Everything in The Dramaturgy of Decay speaks of death – of the irreversible passing of time, of vanishing places and voices – of that which will not return. His work captures the infinitely slow yet resolute movement of erasure, the empty place where something used to be . It also reflects the wider destruction of our environment.

Yet there is no necrophilic impulse here. As Vernon converses with the lost, the transient and the dead, it seems to me he is tirelessly extracting life from them. And he reveals not their deadness but rather the quick, living eternity of instants. Dramaturgy of Decay is a reflection on time through sound. But, most importantly, it is extremely beautiful music. Not quite of this world and, yet, not of any other world. It is music for the here and now."

Artist: Mark Vernon

Label : Futura Resistenza

CAT No: RESLP031