Speaker Music is the project of New York based theorist, journalist, curator, visual artist, and musician DeForrest Brown Jr. The project was inspired by Rhythmanalysis, a book of essays by urbanist philosopher Henri Lefebvre as well as considerations of momentum and the “chronopolitical” from British cultural theorist Kodwo Eshun.
His sound mixes freely improvised electronic percussion and stereophonic audio recordings. He announced the release of a new album. of desire, longing is out on December 6th via Planet Mu. “A Finesse” is the first excerpt. Watch the official video which was directed by Ting Ding.
His debut for Planet Mu centres around gestural sonic portraitures of sonorous and cybernetic ensemble energy music. of desire, longing is a time-based release meant to fill both sides of the vinyl completely, working against the quick turnover rate of the current track-based standard of the streaming economy. Through his empathetic “touching of frequencies,” DeForrest unveils a romantic abstraction of sonic narratives that recalls previous innovations by electronic and jazz musicians such as Les McCann, Urban Tribe and James Stinson. of desire, longing encodes the listener with an encrypted heat, made “with empathy” and “without excess.”
DeForrest Brown, Jr. will be presenting a special curated event entitled drape over another at the respected New York art institution Artists Space on Friday December 13th at which he’ll be launching the release of his album and a book written with Ting Ding related to the album.