JULIAN SARTORIUS plays `LOCKED GROOVES’
Julian Sartorius wants to test infinity. The drummer, artist and percussionist from Bern focuses on reduction and repetition and has recorded an album that has the ability to stop time. Sartorius explores the potential of a repertoire performed under strict conditions and regulated by a loop length of 1.8 seconds, with a disciplined focus on sonic nuances, micro-expressions and shifting time signatures.
This album’s 112 sealed grooves – or 112 one-minute loops on the digital version – reveal a wealth of rhythmic forms, some powerful, others fragile, others impulsive, alluring and driving. Sartorius’ precise, multi-layered rhythmic patterns are succinct excursions into the hidden sounds of found objects and prepared instruments, succinct arrangements that build a bridge between sound art and the vocabulary of (experimental) electronic music.
On “Locked Grooves” Sartorius challenges the idea of a “static” groove and unfolds an endless, meticulously graded percussive suite. This is the point where intangible structures materialize and become four-dimensional, sculptural and solid. Sartorius states, “I hope listeners will experience these compositions as they would explore a painting in a museum – delving into the work and revealing layer by layer.”
Julian Sartorius has made a name for himself with a number of exceptional conceptual projects: “Morph” was a 7.5-year series of 8-second audio loops that were combined with hand-made images and finally assembled into a 5-hour film , while the 12″ LP box set “Beat Diary” contained 365 beat tracks recorded every day regardless of the circumstances.
Julian Sartorius has worked with a diverse and illustrious circle of musicians and producers, including Sophie Hunger, Valentina Magaletti (Tomaga, Vanishing Twin), Matthew Herbert, Sylvie Courvoisier, Gyda Valtysdottir, Dimlite, Shahzad Ismaily and Dan Carey (Speedy Wunderground).