The latest release on RVNG Intl. ’s new Commend There series dropped late last year featuring music from New York-based artist Julianna Barwick.
Commissioned by Sister City, a new hotel in Manhattan’s Lower East Side neighbourhood, the digital and cassette release titled Circumstance Synthesis traces a day using generative music technology triggered by activity in the NYC sky.
As the label explains, “Barwick utilised a generative music technology developed by Microsoft AI that identified airborne activity in the New York City skyline, such as planes and birds, through a camera installed on the hotel’s rooftop. These then triggered Barwick’s own specially crafted musical progressions. The results: heaven on earth”.
The release finds Barwick returning to the label having contributed to the sixth volume of RVNG’s FRKWYS series alongside Ikue Mori back in 2011.
Watch the stunning Joel Knoernschild directed video for the closing track ‘night’ below.