Adam Asnan
Inconsistent Images
CD (E155)

Inconsistent Images includes three works of musique
concrète composed in 2012. The title is derived from
the observation of inconsistencies in stereo image,
but also describes the destabilisation of certain media,
utilised for their musical properties, and at the same
time suggesting a pseudo-visual response.

See also
Various (E84)
Adam Asnan (E101)
Adam Asnan (E195)
Adam Asnan (E196)

Edition of 220 copies
Co-published with Senufo Editions
Mastered by Giuseppe Ielasi


I know Asnan from his work with the trio VAAALR (with
Vasco Alves and Louie Rice) — this is rather different
from their music. The site describes the three pieces as
musique concrète but the immediate sensation is one of
advanced glitch and it’s really fascinating, dense but fluid,
busy but unforced, a quasi-tonal repeated thread running
through silvery and rapid electronic noise with bass blasts
more felt than heard. That textural range is beautifully
presented (partially due to Giuseppe Ielasi’s mastering,
I’m guessing); there’s a vast sonic distance between
sounds. Track one recalls [David] Tudor but more slippery
while the other two seem to have at least a portion of
their source in string work of some kind (cello or bass?).
I was reminded a bit of the classic, late ’90s work of
John Wall here and there but this music is more visceral,
extremely present and, for lack of a better term, three-
dimensional. You feel as though you can reach into the
air and surround it with your hands. Fine work, wonder-
fully unspooled, utterly captivating — one of my favourite
things this year.

Brian Olewnick at Just Outside