Not to mention talking about how the vinyl crackle was an apt metaphor for the disintegration of memory that perilously ensues as the disease becomes more malignant. Reviewed in the United States on May 17, 2012. Never really touched the thing myself, but this looks like a good idea for plushies. On An Empty Bliss Beyond This World, Kirby takes his unique approach even further, by guiding discarded material into endless loops, subtle effects, and suppressed memories. ( Log Out /  Experiment with DeviantArt’s own digital drawing tools. Get paid for your art. James Leyland Kirby has established quite a rapport with his experimental and sound collage project, V/Vm. Share your thoughts, experiences and the tales behind the art. [4] The record was based on a 2010 study about the ability of people with Alzheimer's disease to remember music they listened to when they were younger, as well as where they were and how they felt when they listened to it. Upload stories, poems, character descriptions & more. [24] It later made its way to number 75 on the publication's list of the best albums of the first half of the 2010s decade (2010 to 2014)[25] and number 14 on their list of the greatest ambient albums of all time. ( Log Out /  Reviewed in the United States on December 7, 2012. Recommended by a friend I found this to be beautifully haunting with cheerful notes from 40s ballrooms - probably empty. [19][20] Nick Butler of Sputnikmusic called it one of the most "beguiling" albums of 2011. [8] The LP develops from its small changes in reverb and echo and how the amount of noise that surrounds the samples increases. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. All You Are Going to Want to Do Is Get Back There. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in. Kirby’s intention was to create an album reflecting a study of Alzheimer’s suggesting that memory of patients was held more effectively in the context of memory. Start with An Empty Bliss Beyond This World, which is the easiest entry to the world of The Caretaker, and move forward or backward from there. In short: Kirby finds old 78 rpm records of ballroom orchestras from the 1920s to the 1940s and manipulates them with modern production techniques—sometimes emphasizing the surface scratch of the albums, sometimes adding distortion or delay, occasionally slowing down and often splicing up the songs into loops. The most recent life-changing record came to me late in the year—Thanksgiving, to be precise—and it arrived at an auspicious time: I was waylaid for much of the holiday by some mysterious bug and spent far too much time in my bed. Collecting "stolen memories and feelings from within the Haunted Ballroom", the music on his releases scratches at the surface of dusted records and abandoned artifacts. "[13], While Andrew Ryce of Resident Advisor described the tone of An Empty Bliss Beyond This World as "overbearingly depressive,"[15] other reviewers noted brighter vibes with the LP. The way you Hook in people into the story is amazing! Mastered by Lupo @Dubplates and Mastering. Libet's delay 5. (CD, Album + CD, Album + CD, Album + Comp, Dlx), Selected Memories From The Haunted Ballroom, Recollected Memories From The Museum Of Garden History, Everywhere At The End Of Time - Stages 4-6, FACT Mix 45 (Delving Into My Past For FACT), Penryn Space Agency Radio Show - Artists Played, Great music, Weird Music, Important Music, Penryn Space Agency Radio Show Mission 047 - Artists Played. [11] Savage labeled the album a commentary on modern music that "coloni[zes]" and "dehistoricize[s]" works from the past. An Empty Bliss Beyond This World (Track 12) (2011) sampled The Wedding of the Painted Doll by Layton & Johnstone (1929) Upload your creations for people to see, favourite and share. "[10] He praised the LP's unique sampling style and "careful" sequencing. And this painting, with the question mark, makes me think of Arcaea, which has a mystery with it's secret/hidden songs. Backward, with some notable exceptions, leads to similar-sounding reveries and reworkings; forward, though, leads to the aforementioned Everywhere at the End of Time, the six-part project which Kirby has said will mark the end of The Caretaker project as a whole.