Tracer is the opening track from Symbol's debut Online Architecture - out 4/8/14 and available on LP (500) / CS (200) / DL (∞) - PHYSICAL: holodeckrecords.com/ - - - - DIGITAL: holodeckrecords.bandcamp.com/
The video for Online Architecture's opening meditation Tracer mirrors its aural counterpart in more ways than one. Once again Christopher Royal King (aka Symbol) is found pushing the limits and blurring the lines of analogue and burgeoning technologies to fully realize his beautifully ordered, yet, subtly chaotic aesthetic. Created on an old Tektronix oscilloscope, King achieves ostensibly animate self-organizing wave forms (composed of literal tracers) by fully exploiting the device's antiquated Rutt Etra video synthesis technology, generating series upon series of ephemeral crystalline light structures that assemble themselves as quickly as they vanish. The video itself is a collage of multiple live-takes of King processing video where all images are generated by the track's sinewaves, creating completely synced frequency-based-reactions to the opener's buoyant journey. This performance based approach is much akin to the spontaneous method in which King composed Tracer (live), perpetually welcoming the aid and happy accidents of his assortment of re-contextualized technologies which are allowed to act as both compositional elements and as composers themselves. King's aptitude for stark yet potent minimalism creates a system of order throughout his video debut that is juxtaposed by an equally conscious effort of meticulously generating a compensatory entropy that stands to sear a lasting image into its viewer's psychic systems long after its eight minute running time.
Video by Christopher Royal King, filmed by Rui Cavender.