Release Date: 20 October 2017
Format: LP Vinyl
|IMAX Unfall Limited Vinyl LP
Electronic rocker IAMX releases Unfall, the first in series of experimental albums.
Flipping his remix alias into a project title, ex-Sneaker Pimps Chris Corner explore his instrumental and abstract side.
Male/Female. Human/Machine. Rock/Electronic. Analog/Digital. It’s a binary world and Chris “IAMX” Corner is not afraid to flip it inside out. As part of Sneaker Pimps, Chris took electronica into the pop mainstream. As IAMX he explores his mercurial identity and influences. As Unfall (German for accident), he expands his sonic palette through remixes for others and his own experimental work. Now, Chris is turning his Unfall alias into the title for a series of instrumental and abstract albums that showcase him working with modular synthesizers and avoiding pop radio formats. Unfall, the first in the series, will be out this September with previews starting in late June.
“The album is an antidote to normal IAMX structure and a chance to be as playful as we like. Part of the attractiveness of this project is the freedom and experimentation,” Chris says about Unfall. That freedom allows him to explore music mechanically and mathematically. “In university, I didn’t like practical mathematics but more the abstract /creative math. That paved my way for my interest in electronic music,” he says. The approach to Unfall is abstract and impersonal, but the process becomes intensely personal the more time you spend with imperfect machines. Through Unfall, Chris is presenting his essence as pure sound devoid of intimate lyrics or details. The intimacy comes from the time Chris spent coaxing flawed beauty from his machines. “I’ve always tried to be as minimal as possible, using one piece of software and limited amount of synth plugins, “ he says. “Using simplistic stuff is helpful but it’s complicated getting interesting and diverse sounds, so you have to work really hard, and that is fine for songwriting and the kind of music I was doing before, which was much more song-based. Sound design was embellishment as opposed to the core of the music.” For the Unfall series, Chris wants sound design to be the core. “I want to produce something that takes me someplace otherworldly and not connected to a song structure or selling records in a certain way,” he says.
Chris Corner is not shy about experimenting and sharing. He has been open about his fluid sexuality and outspoken about mental health. In his music, his boundless experimentation takes shape in gender-bending futuristic fashion, genre-blurring electronic rock, and now abstract sound design. Unfollow, Chris says, represents “a way of decluttering my wired mind.”
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