Environmental Politics

by Andrew Duke

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Originally released in 2003, this enigmatic and atmospheric EP-length release demonstrated yet another side of the already versatile Canadian sound artist, DJ, and music journalist Andrew Duke.

"Environmental Politics" was initially intended as an abstract sonic commentary on how politicians (particularly in his home town of Halifax, Nova Scotia), tend to have misplaced priorities when it comes to restoring and preserving the natural environment. Duke writes: "I often use the sounds of Halifax in my work as my way of commenting on how something so beautiful (our harbor) is destroyed through inaction -- we've been pumping our untreated sewage into the harbor for over 200 years and the city is still more interested in building new roads and buildings than sewage treatment plants. There are outbreaks every summer from people who get sick from the water because it is so contaminated; so some of the edgier (moments) are about that -- (i.e.) the illnesses we bring upon ourselves." Track 1 ("Hell And The Hammer") features elements recorded by Anne Sulikowski of Building Castles Out Of Matchsticks.

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* * * * 1/2 "Halifax's Andrew Duke has released a brilliant mini nineteen-minute three-track for Seattle's and/OAR. Its watery, ebullient austerity drifts in a shallow depth of field on "Boil Order." The microtonal silent roar of the nearly fourteen minute "Industrial Itch" is a drone based on a one second clip, as other tracks here, it is derived from field recordings and other sound samples from cities in Ontario and Nova Scotia. The mythic fade and placid ebb of faint bubbly cracks in the surface are pale among the din drawl of the invisible wake here. Subtle as a fly caress, while undulating througout the room, deeper than a San Francisco fog atop Twin Peaks". (TJ Norris, Igloo)

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released April 1, 2003

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