Russell Haswell (born 1970, Coventry) is a multidisciplinary artist. He has exhibited conceptual and wall based visual works, video art, public sculpture, as well as audio presentations in both art gallery and concert hall contexts. Extreme Computer Music is one specialized area of activity. An ongoing collaboration (2003 +) with Florian Hecker working with Iannis Xenakis' graphic-input 'UPIC Music Composing System' is one project, the recorded results have been presented in the form of multi channel electroacoustic diffusion sessions, for example for the Frieze Art Fair. He has collaborated with: Aphex Twin, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Florian Hecker, Earth, Popol Vuh, Kjetil Manheim, Carsten Höller, Mika Vainio, Carl Michael von Hausswolff, Masami Akita, Peter Rehberg, Zbigniew Karkowski, Gescom, Yasunao Tone and Whitehouse. In 2002 his debut compact disc Live Salvage 1997-2000 (Mego) received Prix Ars Electronica Honorable Mention for Digital Musics. In 2005 and 2006 he curated two London based All Tomorrow's Parties club events, entitled 'Easy to Swallow', intended for the "broad-minded" the events showcased: Carl Michael von Hausswolff, Yasunao Tone + Hecker, Mark Stewart and the Maffia, Aphex Twin, Whitehouse, Surgeon + Regis Present: British Murder Boys, Lee Dorrian, Pita, Earth, Autechre, Robert Hood (ex-Underground Resistance). In 2009 he contributed a cover of the Wild Planet song "Cabasa Cabasa" to the Warp20 (Recreated) compilation.
"Wild Tracks" review by François Couture:
In filmmaking lingo, a "wild track" is a soundtrack recorded without picture, during production. On Wild Tracks, sound artist Russell Haswell has culled 73 minutes' worth of excerpts from much longer recordings made in the field, but those are not "field recordings" - i.e. they were recorded as possible soundtracks for film and other art projects, not as actual field recordings. What's the difference? Some of them are more staged and others sound harsher than what you would expect from a field recording CD. And yet, the album fits that category pretty well nonetheless. The recordings cover a wide range of situations, sound levels, and textures, making for an eclectic album built on contrasts. There's a near-silent recording of scatter-birds (propane-fueled noise-makers to scare birds out of sown fields) and a noisy helicopter ride. There are recordings of small insects (wasps, flies, even ants) and recordings of waterfalls - the scale varies wildly. The recordings are presented as is, unedited, uncompressed, uncured of the technical mishaps and intrusions from wind or passing aircrafts. The diversity of the material and sudden shifts in dB levels between tracks make Wild Tracks an uncomfortable listen - and a different beast compared to Haswell's previous releases - but a number of pieces are very successful at taking the listener elsewhere and putting a magnifying ear in unexpected places. Worth noting are: a recording of wasps entering and exiting their nest, recorded up close and from below with great stereo separation, giving you the impression (when listening with headphones) of being surrounded ("Wasp-War"); a hydrophone recording of ants rebuilding their colony after insertion of said hydrophone ("Ant Colony"); a magnetic field fluctuation detector recording flies being zapped by a hand-held device ("Electroswat"); and a snow fall recorded with hydrophones ("Falling Snow #4"). Also worth noting is the fact that the CD is packaged with a full-size poster/booklet in a Kidzbox®, which looks like a DVD case with a handle.
- 2001 - Live Salvage 1997-2000 - 320 Kbps
- 2002 - Satanstornade [with Masami Akita] - 320 Kbps
- 2008 - Second Live Salvage - 320 Kbps
- 2009 - Wild Tracks - 320 Kbps
- 2010 - Value + Bonus - 320 Kbps
- 2011 - Acid No!se Synthesis - 131-313 Kbps
- 2012 - Remixed - 320 Kbps
- 2012 - Factual - 320 Kbps
- 2013 - Convulsive Threshold [with Yasunao Tone] - 320 Kbps
- 2013 - 7-Inch 8 trk - 219-315 Kbps
- 2013 - Concrete Fence New Release (1) [with Karl O'Connor] - 320 Kbps
- 2014 - 37 Minute Workout - 320 Kbps
- 2014 - Electroacoustic Sludge Dither Transformation Smear Grind Decomposition nO!se File Exchange Mega Edit [with Pain Jerk] - 320 Kbps
- 2014 - Double A - 320 Kbps
- 2015 - Tongue Dancer '85 - 320 Kbps
- 2015 - As Sure As Night Follows Day - 320 Kbps
- 2015 - As Sure As Night Follows Day (Remixes) - 320 Kbps
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