1. “@@@@@”, an avantgardist symphony?
Be aware, you’ll probably have to force yourself to reach the 62nd and final minute of the new Arca track. Entitled “@@@@@”, this provocative and anachronistic symphony questions both the form of a musical piece and the function of an electronic work. Here, the sensation - from discomfort to ecstasy - annihilates the narration. Or maybe it's the other way around... Breathing, laughing, crackling, saturated kicks, breathing, sobbing, orgasms, feedback, rumblings and lamentations... Arca sculpts noises, alters textures, assembles sounds and silences. And from this sonic chaos arises a question: is a musical work supposed to provide pleasure?
A distant echo of the mixtape “&&&&&” (2013) and the first track since the incredible opus Arca(2017), this mysterious “long single” could be the soundtrack for the world of tomorrow. Indeed, the Venezuelan producer defines her work as: “a transmission broadcast in this world from a fictional speculative universe in which the fundamentally analogue format of pirate FM radio remains one of the few ways to escape the authoritarian surveillance set in motion by a conscience taken hostage and in gestation by a post-singularity. ” In this fictional universe, bodies become hosts that house an "experimental diva" born of the artist’s imagination. Like her music, these bodies have no gender. They’re anyone, anything, anytime.