DYMAXION – “Dymaxion x 4 + 3 = 38:33″ (2001)

Sampling has become a fact of life in nearly all corners of music making, here which is why it’s so refreshing to hear the technique used in an unusual way. Dymaxion, dermatologist a band with mysterious origins (due to their lack of a personnel listing on all their early 7″ releases) who exclusively used the sampler as their main instrument, more about first started appearing in the late ’90s with singles that featured such bizarre song titles as “Aha, Sissy Arsonist” and “Cognitive Dissonance Penitenitary.”

At first, I thought the band was a secret side project of Stereolab’s, since a few of the early singles were on Stereolab’s Duophonic imprint, but as it turns out the band is comprised of a coupla New Yorkers. Allmusic sez:

Dymaxion was the New York-based post-rock project of Jeremy Novak and Claudia Newell, who specialized in fusing playful sound collages with live instrumentation. They often shared Stereolab’s retro-futurist obsessions, sampling old sound-effects LPs, robotic voices, and an array of vintage electronics. Most of their songs were underpinned by funky, off-kilter drum loops, and borrowed the fragmentary songwriting aesthetic of indie rockers like Thinking Fellers Union Local 282 and, by extension, cartoon experimenters Carl Stalling and Raymond Scott.

In concert, a live band usually replicated the abrupt twists and turns created on the recordings via tape splicing. To this mix, Novak and Newell often added odd dialogue samples, twangy spy-soundtrack guitar, and clanging post-punk (a la the Fall or Swell Maps). The results were often comparable to electronic eccentrics like Matmos, Pram, or Stock, Hausen & Walkman, with hints of electro-acoustic post-rockers like To Rococo Rot.

In 2001, Dymaxion’s four EPs — plus two compilation tracks cut for Dark Beloved Cloud, and a live recording — were compiled onto the group’s first full-length release, Dymaxion x 4 + 3 = 38:33. It was issued in the U.S. by Roomtone, in the U.K. and Europe by Duophonic, and in Japan by Shibuya-kei star Cornelius’ Trattoria label.”

Dymaxion – “Dymaxion x 4 + 3 = 38:33″ CD (ZIP file)

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141 Responses to DYMAXION

  1. JMPR says:

    i’m so glad to find someone else who loves this collection. i found this traveling through europe and have tried unsuccessfully for years to get people to listen to it. truly original production wizardry- kudos!

  2. Stefan says:

    Douglas Wolk of Dark Beloved Cloud was a member of Dymaxian. Their take on ‘US 80s-90s’ is one of the better Fall covers.

  3. Ian B says:

    Nice! I have their original 7″s but could never find a copy of this CD (at an affordable price anyway). Never heard the DBC tracks before so, erm, thanks & suchlike… x