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Title: LED
Format: 10"
Label: No Label
Country: Australia
Price: $14.00
"This is a recording of a private performance by Ross Manning in October 2015. All sounds are the product of electrical current generated by solar cells exposed to readymade light-emitting diodes (LEDs). In a darkened space, four cells suspended on strings were set in oscillating motion. Beneath them the artist placed small artificial light sources of different colours – yellow, green, blue and red – one at a time. The resulting electrical signals, amplified and sent to one of four speakers assembled in quadrophonic array, varied with each cell’s changing exposure to the LEDs, creating dramatic modulations in volume, panning effects and polyrhythms. By adding and repositioning LEDs closer to and further away from the freely swinging cells, Manning played his optical-audio instrument live, building a changing sound mass from the individual cells. No other sound sources or effects were employed in the single-take recording split over sides A and B of this LP." - Mark Gomes, 2016. Previous releases on Room40, Vitrine, mor mars, etc.. Some slight creasing /riingwear on the thin paper sleeve due to shipping mishap. Full color paste on sleeve/hand stamped labels.

Title: Interlacing
Format: LP
Label: Room40
Country: Australia
Price: $24.00
"Ross Manning is one of Australias best-kept secrets. Since 2010, Manning has been behind a series of increasingly profound explorations into light and movement. These installation works seek to reveal spectrum and frequency in patterns that often go unrecognized. With Interlacing, his first LP for Room40, Manning showcases his deeply personal sonic works. Having been an active experimentalist for much of the 2000s across Australia, with projects such as 4 Layers of Nine, Sky Needle, and Faber Castell, Manning has amassed a collection of work that draws on broken electronics, handmade instruments, and custom electronics. "Japan is where I first started getting interested in making electronics," Manning explains of his first experiments conducted while he was living and teaching in Japan. "I would go into Akihabara and all the electronics stalls. Japan is where I saw all this amazing music and art and also got the chance to start building and experimenting." Interlacing summarizes two essential threads of his work, splitting into two broad approaches. The first, captured in pieces like "Expand Scatter," brings together electromagnetic recordings and custom electronics into a cascading flow of uneasy tonality and noise. The second, epitomized by the piece "%," focuses attention on Mannings custom-made, fan-driven instruments. Using all manner of objects, from clock chimes to wooden boards of nails, he creates fluttering patterns of rhythm and melody as a rope driven by the fan connects with the various materials. The results are unpredictable and playful, but unerringly resolved. Interlacing is the perfect introduction to Ross Mannings work in the sonic spectrum. Ross Manning is an interdisciplinary artist working with installation, technology, movement, and sound. He is known for his playful interventions on technology and kinetic environments of light and color. Manning regularly exhibits and performs throughout Australia and internationally; his previous work includes exhibitions at Queensland Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane, the 19th Biennale of Sydney, Interplay at the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Seoul, Different Rhythms at Dark MOFO in Tasmania, and Volumes at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts." - Room40.

Title: Natural Causes
Format: Cass
Label: Vitrine
Country: USA
Price: $8.00
“Vitrine is thrilled to welcome Brisbane-based installation and sound artist Ross Manning to its roster. Laminal, scrapping and what could be the cry of a child. Home-made instruments and location-hewn ambience develop a nuanced sculptural sound. Psychic whimsy and the sensuality of the object exonerate household ticking and churning. The everyday as ecstatic as it always has been. Natural Causes follows a recent banner run of releases by Manning, including 2015s Interlacing LP, the Delicate Shades of Hell cs on sterling tape imprint Greedy Ventilator and LED, an outstanding 10” of new works self-released by the artist earlier this year. Chimes cut to dour electronic warble. A standard bearer of contrast and sonorous multitude. Clang, clatter and debris swarm in plumes of activity. Adam Bohmans object improv or Joe Jones solar music are signposts along the way to a unique hemisphere of absurd inevitability. Bells vibrate above whipping crescents of machinery. Persistent creaking stumbles in a textured cluster. Irregular romance. Excerpts from Le Couperet, arriving thirty years too late. Natural Causes is the latest entry in what is fast becoming one of the most singular bodies of work in contemporary sound. Sold out at source.” - Vitrine.

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