Warmdesk | The Pride of the South Side, Live @ WHPK | 05.10.01
AB-CD | F.0018.0002
Warmdesk is Chicago based artist Bill Selman. After spending time in Vienna, Selman relocated in 2001 to Chicago where he runs independent label A Posteriori.
One of the artists featured on BiP-HOp's influential 'BiP-HOp Generation' series he has performed live at various venues including: Rhiz, Vienna alongside Uli Troyer and Massimo; The Empty Bottle, Chicago with HrvÃ¤tski; and The Nervous Centre, Chicago alongside Designer and Kevin Drumm.
'The Pride of the South Side' features Warmdesk's characteristic sound, blending rhythmic material with subtle location recordings, a style recently described by Matt Ffytche in The Wire as, "a conveyor belt of abrupt, jangling, purring, croaking zigzags of sound: an audible Jackson Pollock."
Selman combines dense, noisy harmonics and dub-like bass with rhythmic patterns and samples from everyday life. The result is a multi-faceted 'spray' of sound grounded by a pulse of polyrhythmic beats. Formerly a drummer, Selman allows rhythm to develop intuitively through repetition generating compositions which are without a doubt experimental and abstract, but with rhythms which generally remain intact and apparent.
Previous releases by Warmdesk include: 'Guero Variations' (Deluxe Records); 'invalidObject Series (function)' (FÃ¤llt); 'Prole Drift' (Static Caravan); a split lathe cut 8" with Pimmon (A Posteriori); and 'BiP-HOp Generation Volume 2' (BiP-HOp).
Forthcoming releases include: 'Guero Variations' - a split 12" featuring contributions by Stephan Mathieu and Uli Troyer.
The FÃ¤llt Live Series features artwork by FÃ¤llt designers Fehler which utilises the AB-CD format's unique characteristics by printing in reverse around the transparent outer edge to create a CD which effectively appears double-sided. The artwork was recently featured in Creative Review and 'CD Art - Innovation in CD Packaging Design' (RotoVision).
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