This is the first installment of Talibam!'s "SIDE A / SIDE A" series where Matt produces one side of the album and Kevin produces the other side. The Marimba Files has two sides, but there is no SIDE B.
This is also the second installment in Part Two of Talibam!'s Launch Pad series. The Launch Pad series was created by Talibam! to explore new sound relationships in the digital world. Using album releases by various musical artists as the launching pad, Talibam! feels inspired to paint and mold their music into a new species, blurring the lines between inconspicuous and conspicuous consumption/appropriation. Part 1 of the Launch Pad series is to encounter a musical album by improvising on top of it using instruments/midi/electronics/tape-manipulation (For part 1, Talibam! improvised on top of Beggars Banquet 1968 by English rock band The Rolling Stones) and then to release this composite dialogue (Part 1 is as of yet unreleased). In Part 2 of the Launch Pad series, the Extraction part, Talibam! filters their own improvisations from part one's composite and uses this extracted material to make a new sonic environment -- a cultural evolution over the artist's original work by directly engaging with it through corporeal interpretation rather than mere psychical interpretation. Musically speaking -- but the aim is not merely musical -- one of the main goal's of the Launch Pad series is to establish new ways of making and creating music, and to arrive at musical landscapes that we may not have stumbled upon before. With the Launch Pad series, an audience can simply listen to the music as it is presented in Part 1, and yet they can also listen to the process on the way to creating the final album in Part 2.
released July 25, 2019
Matt Mottel: synth, midi, electronics
Kevin Shea: african marimba, midi, electronics, drum programming
Matt Mottel produced "Dusk"
Kevin Shea produced "Dawn"
Recorded/mixed/mastered by Talibam! at studios PH2, UNOR, and 8A in NYC.