Ars Sonor & Co.
“The End of a Road [l1mbo central]”
Once again here at Effluvia comes a release so profound, with so many hearts and minds involved that one cannot help but take a moment to reflect on how truly profound the world of artists can be. It amazes me that this album got made, and the artist behind it should be given more praise than she already deserves for simply being as prolific as she is, given her other life circumstances. Laetitia Schteinberg, the mastermind behind the hyperactive output of Ars Sonor (and iky iky) astounds me with her existence, tortured and brilliant, cathartic and emotional, simply speaking with her is a very immense experience. In times of great woe, she miraculously creates release upon release whose substance is so complex and savory, horrifying and uplifting, exasperating or unnerving, nightmarish or blissful, always so thoughtful and necessary with deliberate intent, all captured perfectly by brilliant mastering and layering of marvelous synth sounds ebbing and flowing with brilliant percussion and deep, eerie ambiance. These components transcend their own nature and become something very ethereal. With this release, there is an extra dimension mixed in that differs from her solo work, but that is not to take away from their respective strength. The extra dimension is the minds of 17 different artists! This is not the first time Ars Sonor has been joined by the company of various musicians she collaborates with on other records, but this is my favorite thus far (truly this is a work of genius). Clocking in at almost an hour at length, this behemoth of dark ambiance and dreamscape industrial brings to thought a very large and epic notion about what this community of artists has created. On netlabels and throughout the world of innovative free music, there is a beautiful collection of friendships through art. Countless records created, to the point of being overwhelming, all spread to other likeminded musicians so that they may be in a dialogue transcendent of simple words like these. As these artists perceive their respective worlds, interpret them through manipulating vibrations, and then articulate this to other artists, evoking anxiety or glee in their hearts, the body that is the sum of these separate, human components witness the world, interprets them through the brain, and then shares it with the rest of the body, evoking actions and decisions and will and vocalization! The brain here is Ars Sonor, and just like the cells of your body are mindlessly and blindly grateful to create you and you are mindlessly and blindly grateful to have been created by the earth, I know for a fact that all the artists that equal this celestial body are grateful to be a part of Laetitia’s masterworks, or to even know her at large, and they all wish the best for her in these times of distress. My heart prays that this is not the end of Ars Sonor’s road, and I want to thank all those who helped make this pathway, this organism, possible. Thank you Sean derrick Cooper Marquardt, Thank you M.Nomized. Thank you William Spivey. Thank you The Implicit Order. Thank you Elizabeth Veldon. Thank you Igor Har. Thank you Mutate. Thank you Peninsolar. Thank you noiseoftherose. thank you Randy Carter. Thank you Brownian Motion. Thank you 3bc. Thank you Bob Bucko Jr. Thank you Otolathe. Thank you Ronny Waerns. Thank you Dan Minoza. Thank you hyaena fierling reich. Thanks to all who listen, and please do.