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From Synth City

A hero’s quest worth of staccato synths, crack house Casios, off-brand drum machines, minimal Morricone, four-track fantasia, and a variety of other speculations on what the 1980s thought the future would sound like.

Packaged in a 12"x12" Nintendo Entertainment System-styled jacket, replete with game sticker, die-cut outer sleeve, and debossed cartridge inner sleeve.

Escape From Synth City is a 21st century experiment in making records. Harvested via the algorithm, reissued as a playlist, and finally pressed as a souvenir LP months later.

Hear the Escape From Synth City playlist here

About the Cabinet of Curiosities:

For Numero, taking time to explore the more esoteric possibilities of our creative practice provides a deeper understanding of the resulting piece of work. This curatorial exercise, usually relegated to mix tapes and oddball DJ nights, has allowed us to see the connections between our most far reaching corners.

After years of whittling away at the art of compilation, this part of the practice came to the foreground, and an alternate view began to emerge. The outlines of a context beyond time and place, individual and scene. Threads sewn through the fabric of music history that tell a story primarily concerned with intentionality, psychic connections, and vibe.

To tell these stories an equally symbolic medium is required.

In order to create an object that can emote the value of the like minded yet distant relationships therein we looked to the world of commercial production running parallel to these musical subcultures. The treasure chest of artifacts made during the 20th century’s post-industrial free-for-all may be the only conceptually appropriate talisman for this music, the ability to bring the studio home was after all made by the same mechanism that brought on the consumer gold rush.

The consumer experience embodied by the secondary market, dog eared, footnoted, taken apart and tinkered with. The cabinet is a simulacrum of the lost and found. Our commercially nostalgic spirit-animal, redressed to be a more accurate representation of our emotional experiences with these objects. Less concerned with function than with the memories we associate with them.

The Cabinet of Curiosities is Numero’s tribute to the origin of the DIY museum, with our curatorial focus as always on the heroically home-made, the expanding fan universe, the suburban studio sublime.

Track List

  1. [B]Chasman[/B] Wind Fall
  2. [B]New World Music[/B] Intellectual Thinking
  3. [B]Tony Palkovic[/B] Breath Of Sound
  4. [B]Frank Youngwerth[/B] Whirr (Motorway)
  5. [B]Don Slepian[/B] Glimmerings
  6. [B]Al Gromer Khan[/B] Konya
  7. [B]Vernal Equinox[/B] Sunrise
  8. [B]Tom Cameron[/B] Zoot
  9. [B]Smith And Erickson[/B] Midnight Mambo
  10. [B]Jim Farmer[/B] Emperor’s Clothes
  11. [B]Aril Laury[/B] Moody