Most expensive Cindy Sherman photo was the inspiration behind Quantazelle’s promo photo

Like Ms. Sherman, my creative process involves being alone, thinking, devising, mentally-sketching, tweaking, re-tweaking, re-thinking; sharing for feedback, and then re-tweaking some more. It’s emblematic of the contemporary, technology-enabled artist, in a way. Creative types have so many resources available: so many mediums to muck around in, so many visual sandboxes (like Adobe CSx–Photoshop, Illustrator, Premier); audio playgrounds (like Reaktor, Ableton, FL Studio) and platforms for interdisciplinary / cross-medium work (like Max/MSP, etc).

When I applied to art colleges, I was so disheartened by the rampant insistence that I choose a medium. I didn’t like the feeling of being forced to create within an established “language” (medium) that could be critically evaluated (by critics who specialized in media). Then I found California Institute of the Arts, was accepted, and played and played and played and finally found my voice. A voice that was me, and not limited to choice of media, but one that used media to express the ideas I wanted to introduce to the world.

And that, I feel, is true contemporary artistry. Knowing that the clay of the world is yours to play with and yours to enjoy.

Full Quantazelle rant is here.

[SUBV001d] Quantazelle: Coaster Deluxe Edition


This is a limited edition version of Quantazelle’s Coaster with all the accessories.
It includes the Coaster CD [SUBV001] along with all of the accessories: The Coaster Case [SUBV001c], All four colors of Custom Surfaces [SUBV001s], the postcard for the album, the flier for the release party, and a Certificate of Authenticity. Edition of 100. Each Certificate of Authenticity is signed and numbered by the artist.

Coaster’s sweet melodies swirl over quirky-yet-alluring percussion crafted from mangled bits of environmental noise, lovingly coaxed into structures appropriate for chill sets and dancefloor transitions.

1. Braking (Hushed) {2:53}
2. It’s Fizzbang {5:00}
3. Late Blazing Kinch Theme {3:00}
4. Wineglass Chopstick Clinkrush {3:56}
5. Ping Query {5:01}
6. Belmont Killa {4:03}
7. Pedwards {3:07}
8. Clue Minus You {6:02}
9. Sunken Projectile {3:17}
10. Pansy Beatmatch {1:59}
11. Vanity Knobs with Groove Grimace {5:13}
12. Stereofoam{4:43}

“Braking (Hushed)” (1) opens the album on a strong note with a pounding kick, persistant bassline, and an obliterated vocal sample combining to form a hiphop-like base for the uplifting, hopeful melody that soon steps in to take center stage. “It’s Fizzbang,” (2) creates a hand-drum percussive pattern out of tapping and scraping a vintage acoustic-electric guitar. The third track, “Late Blazing Kinch Theme” takes a catchy synthesized-harp melody, loops it, and adds harmonies and quivering percussive elements to create a sonically-intriguing supportive texture for the subsequent harmonic exploration within the track.

The title “Coaster” refers to the tongue-in-cheek packaging concept behind the album: the disc can serve as a beverage coaster when not needed as a music CD. The case itself is designed to mimic the packaging of a stylish electronic accessory–such as a mobile phone–complete with a cover photo of the Coaster in its (optional, not included — see SUBV001c) carrying case and a concise “instruction booklet” outlining the process for using the disc as a beverage coaster. The disc itself is silver and black, with a guide for correct beverage placement.

Quantazelle is Liz McLean Knight, a Chicago native who runs the online music zine Modsquare in addition to making tracks. As Quantazelle she has performed live alongside people like Jimmy Edgar, String Theory, Miles Tilmann, Proem, Proswell, Machinedrum, Kero, Cepia, Flashbulb, Atomly, Elliot Lipp and Common Factor, participated in Laptronica Laptop Cage Matches, and performed at the digital arts festivals Version>02 and Select Media Festival.





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