From down under, Jennifer Tao at ELEVENELEVEN yet again has posted some music that is just what I'd hope to find. I try fairly hard to keep my posts original,and not operate as a filter blog. But, when something like this comes up, I feel it's a really good thing to share. The album 'Smile Hunter' by Once11, on The Agriculture label, is certainly one of my favorite dubby albums of all time, and this mix contains discarded snippets and outtakes, mistakes, and "woulda-coulda-shouldas" from that album, as well as the general time period from 1999-2009.
The text from ELEVENELEVEN:
Once11 (Brugges/ Montevideo/ LA)
Podcast: All Together Wrong
About the podcast: “What is on this podcast? Trials, plan B’s, errors and rehearsals, leftovers and whoulda-coulda-shouldas, the stuff remaining under the wet hood: the little fellas that didn’t make it. Sketches, leftovers and drafts: an amalgam of wrongs.
This 11 tracks date from 1999 til 2009, since “bounced” they are no longer editable (a couple are mis-mixes from “Smile Hunter”). They are the elaborate trials of my inner professional artistoid, working the “crashing patching and doodling of doing”, on some very nice afternoons (obviously with the intention of making of all the right mistakes) next to the roaches and fliers and the hope filled tool bags of the sleepwalking artisan.” ~ Once11
Once11 (aka Ignacio Platas) born in Montevideo has never stood still for a second. He was an active member of the infamous Brooklyn Williamsburg scene (’90-’93). In 91, after building environments at Keep refrigerated, legendary illegal underground Williamsburg club, he co-founded Lalalandia Entertainment Research Corporation, whose large scale fountains, omnisensorial environments and pneumatic installations have been written about in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal. Lalalandia made many of the most memorable Brooklyn warehouse after- hours environments of that period.
In 1994, he started up Multipolyomni and We™. We™’s ‘97 release “as is” is considered a classic. We™ opened for the Orb that spring. Their third release, “decentertainment” landed them at Barcelona’s Sonar ‘99. Multipolyomni’s ‘97 New York production of the Solar Drama from their opera Quark Soup, projected a massive live view of the sun perpetually rising for 24 hours, broadcast LIVE from 127 consecutive locations as the world turned around once. It hosted 77 live performers and artists on two floors. The Early Aquatic Episode, ‘96 at the Brooklyn Bridge Anchorage, also from Quark Soup, was hailed by the New York Times art critic Roberta Smith as “the only work in scale with the Anchorage”.
In 99 he moved to Barcelona and formed a team to find solutions for marrying video game navigation, 3D music interface, audio visualization, hybrid environments, digital architecture, 3D sound, audio localization, and analogue input controllers. He developed the demo sutoolz 1.0 alpha. A 3D software interface for music performance. By navigating through a 3D virtual architecture the musician uses a set of 3D tools to interact with the virtual environment: gameplay zones, speaker volumes, speaker volume membranes, speaker navigation volumes and 3D multi-band FFT visualization systems.
In 2000 he released his first solo cd, Once11 Versus the Pyramid, followed by Smile Hunter in 2006, both on the Agriculture label.
Always moving forward Once11 started Meta Flora in 2002 and led a team to Costa Rica for 3 years building synergetic renewable bamboo structures. In 2004 he founded the Bamboo Institute. The Bamboo Institute seeks to develop innovative ways to utilize bamboo’s incredible potential to help solve a wide range of the problems facing the planet. Why not work on improving and promoting bamboo architecture and design, primarily focused on furthering the development and utilization of bamboo as a building material the strongest and fastest growing plant on the planet.