Electronic and ambient composer Rival Consoles is set to return with a new album entitled «Overflow», originally composed for the contemporary dance production of the same name by Alexander Whitley, which premiered in May 2021 at the Sadler’s Wells in London and is set to tour Europe next spring. The project stems from readings “based around the contemporary philosophical work «Psychopolitics: neoliberalism and new technologies of power» by Byung-Chul Han.” Take the album’s first track below, «Monster», as an example of this interplay, it “has a kind of drunken madness to it,” the composer explains, “highly repetitive to mirror the repetitive nature of how we as humans engage with technology such as social media. It’s sometimes edging towards chaos but yet always returning back to the same starting point, but eventually givingg way to exhaustion.”
The piece started from a series of sketch created by the producer, “which acted as a staring point for Whitley to develop the choreography from.” From there, there was a period in which the composer spent a lot of time in the studio “with Alex and the dancers, trying things out throughout the process. And even during dry runs in theatres I was composing short works in the moment on my laptop that ended up being used, such as «Scanning», which was made from an electromagnetic recording of the internal workings of an iPhone whilst using social media.” Besides «Monster», you can also hear «Pulses Of Information», the album’s fourth song.
«Overflow» is set for release on December 3 via Erased Tapes on cd, digital, and vinyl formats. Pre-orders can be found here.