“Post-Functional Dub Objects”

If a man spoke to me in slow motion, agonizing over the flow of syllables and words that would emanate from his mouth, I wonder if I would be able to edit the language somehow as it emanated from him. I can imagine the words, visibly hanging in midair (like some sort of I Heart Huckabees fever dream), and me, poised with editorial pen, crouched in anticipation, like a tiger stalking its prey. Every grammatical nuisance, every incorrect punctuation mark or dangling modifier would be mine for the slashing. My hyper-intensified state would push the bounds of relativity, allowing me to move so much faster than the man speaking that the blur of my actions would alter his exposition so much that it would internally affect his thought process. I’m a ninja of the editorial world – a pen-wielding, night-stalking warrior.

Mateusz Wysocki, aka Fischerle, had an experience as a hitchhiker where one of his drivers also spoke in slow motion. But instead of parsing the words of the man to molecular distinction, he ruminated on the predicament of relativity in a different way. How do you derive meaning from language that describes an object that is already gone, so far gone, in fact, that the outpouring of the speech still discussing it takes on an abstract characteristic, one that hovers in time between past and present and barely connects them?

Post-Functional Dub Objects attempts to recreate Wysocki’s experience through sonic manipulation, and what results, while loosely connected to the obvious “dub” category, is thoughtful composition filtered through this conceit. He nails the idea that place and time, removed from one another yet still connected in one person’s mind, can take on intensely variable characteristics depending on viewpoint. But in addition to all of this, and to extract myself totally from this academic quagmire, it’s also a pretty bitchin’ tape. You listen to Post-Functional Dub Objects with a loose connection, an ear divorced from uptight scholarship so that you can actually enjoy the forays through the electronic landscapes FIscherle’s creating for you. For you! Listen to them, enjoy them, pretend you’re a pen-wielding hero from an Eastern epic, unmoor your mind from concepts of inelastic space-time. If you skew your perspective in just the right way, you’ll be in for a serious modular synthesizer treat.


--Ryan Masteller