Nicolas Jaar’s Other People is proud to present a new solo record of guitar and live custom electronics from artist Patrick Higgins, an American avant-garde composer and producer from New York City. Higgins is known for his work in experimental and contemporary classical music, playing guitar and composing in the ensemble Zs, which is said to be one of the strongest innovative bands in New York. His work as a composer traverses the styles of the European avant-garde styles with the post-minimalist sounds of New York.
His upcoming release on Other People, “Dossier,” is a new solo record of guitar and live custom electronics, all original programming and live sampling using midi triggers mapped to the guitar, a four movement work of dark intense material all performed live without overdubs or edits, this material was developed over a two-year and premiered during a European concert tour across 10 countries in Nov 2016. The record is both an engagement with contemporary electronic music and yet is entirely performed — transforming the guitar at once into an instrument and a controller, where the performer is swallowed by processes that result from the playing and at the same time envelop it. All of the samples and synthetic patches were custom built and specifically engaged to become elements of live guitar manipulation.
The sound world is post-apocalyptic in style but builds to a very intimate and introspective emotional finish. It is a consummate and highly unique aesthetic statement, engaging with the alienation and inner emotional economy of contemporary digital life, its politics, erotics, and violence. The work is also, in this respect, a meditation on the social space of the individual in the increasingly digital, alienated world. An attempt at a poetics at home with the violence and delicate, fleeting emotion of the times. Cover art is by Alfredo Jaar.
Nic Jaar is the most sonically adept producer making music now. The way Aphex Twin spent the 90s tearing apart dance music and built it back with intention and nuance, Jaar spent the 10s doing the same to the concept of sound itself. hold-no-carter