Emptyset stand at the vanguard of electronic music. With each release, they stretch boundaries and explore new methods of creating sounds with scientific precision. On their EP Skin, Emptyset (the duo of James Ginzburg and Paul Purgas) bring together techniques they developed through their 2017 LP Borders, exploring structural aspects of ritual music and non-Western composition and combine them with recent performance work examining microtonal vocalization and acoustic qualities of materials. This is the first time Emptyset has presented a body of work using entirely acoustic production methods.
The compositions of Skin are all focused around structure, texture, and rhythm captured through recordings of a custom string instrument, drums, and physical granular materials modulated in real-time, alongside tonal vocal elements.
We are trapped in a room made of mirror walls shaken by wild compositions, ready to burst in keen shrapnels gashing our identity on its breaking point.
However, the purpose here is not to irreversibly wound us, but rather to lead us to a threshold. To reach the moment where we decide that the violence surrounding us is enough, that we can't stand the state of the world and what we've become anymore.
An apparent pond of destruction hiding a gush of hope where we'll find what to fight demons of. Dotflac
Hooked from the very start of A1. An incredible concept executed in the best way imaginable, and it’s gonna be talked about for decades. Every track leaves me with a sickening feeling of bleakness, but I can’t stop listening. It evokes an absurd amount of thoughts and emotions without a single word spoken. jek