Sometimes it’s hard not to fetishize music that is well matched by its container. It’s difficult not to feel that things like the Threshold Houseboys Choir’s Amulet Edition or Coil’s Color Sound Oblivion box have some kind of power as objects beyond the music they contain. It makes a strange amount of sense to take out a Grouper album just to stare at the art and feel the weight of the record; it adds something when you actually listen to the music.
The kind of releases where form and content blend to create something greater are usually few and far between; not everything can be art (despite how contentious that term can be). However, Public Information handily helped themselves to some of that nigh-idolatry last year with their release of Electronics Without Tears, a collection of esoteric artist F.C. Judd’s early electronic music and experimentation. Now FACT is reporting that Public Information is putting out another instantly canonized collection by getting a drool-inducing group of artists to reinterpret F.C. Judd’s music. The collection is called Interpretations on F.C. Judd and includes pieces by the likes of Pye Corner Audio, Peter “Pita” Rehberg, Holly Herndon, Chris Carter, and the ever-elusive Leyland Kirby. Listen to industrial deity Chris Carter’s remix below. This baby drops on May 20, so now is a good time to start building an addition to that early-electronic shrine in your basement.
Interpretations on F.C. Judd tracklisting:
01. Ian Helliwell – Solid States
02. Perc – Woodford
03. Chris Carter – Flip Flop
04. Holly Herndon – Control Sample
05. Mordant Music – Hoarded House (remix Fredit)
06. The Boats – Space Judder
07. Pye Corner Audio – Splice Block
08. Leyland Kirby – Slim Jim Wimshurst Mechanicals
09. Karen Gwyer – Judd Drums
10. Peter Rehberg – FJUDDmix 032013
11. Bandshell – Concrete Teeth
12. Ekoplekz –Fredwrek