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mark templeton + kyle armstrong - extensions (12inch vinyl lp + dvd)




$17.46

ARTIST // mark templeton + kyle armstrong
LABEL // graphical recordings (ca)
CAT // graphical001lp


  



*LP & DVD in a gatefold sleeve.* "Rapidly we approach the final phase of the EXTENSIONS of man- the technological simulation of consciousness." -Marshall McLuhan, Understanding Media, 1964.

2015 marks the 104th birthday of Canadian visionary Marshall McLuhan. With each passing year the revelatory nature of his prophetic vision becomes more evident. The global village is becoming a distinct reality in this technological age. McLuhan's ability to predict the full impact of technology and media on our culture decades in advance is unprecedented. And his deep concern and warnings to us in these drastic changes in civilization are rarely heeded as we head full-steam ahead past the point of no-return, the consequences which are increasingly self-evident.

Sound artist Mark Templeton and filmmaker Kyle Armstrong have collaborated on a 12" LP and DVD in tribute to Canadian media visionary Marshall McLuhan. The audiovisual elements include both original and sampled film and audio inspired by the media visionary. The LP and DVD was mastered by Giuseppe Ielasi and pressed on 140g vinyl. First 100 copies come with 1 limited edition postcard. 20 different postcards in all.

Kyle Armstrong is a Canadian filmmaker and artist. Working with super8 and 16mm as well as lo-fi video, Armstrong frequently uses hand-altering film techniques, employing bleaches, dyes, scratches, and paint to alter both his own footage and found films. His primary focus is on creating short, non-narrative films, which have been screened at various galleries, during live performances and in traditional cinemas around the globe. His films are influenced by filmmakers as diverse as Stan Brakhage, Hollis Frampton, Bela Tarr, Alexander Sokurov, Guy Maddin and Andrei Tarkovsky.

Armstrong's most recent film Magnetic Reconnection received its world premiere at AFI Fest 2012, and has since been selected for SxSW 2013, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Raindance (UK), Guanajuato International Film Festival, CPH:DOX, RIDM, Rooftop Films, Seattle International Film Festival, True/False Documentary Film Festival, won the 2013 Edmonton Film Prize and has been shortlisted for the Cinema Eye Honors and has screened publicly more than 130 times. The film features an original score by Grammy award winning producer/composer Jim O'Rourke, a voice-over by acclaimed singer-songwriter/actor Will Oldham and likely some of the best footage of the aurora borealis ever captured.

Armstrong is the president of the Metro Cinema Society in Edmonton and in 2012 he was a recipient of the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artist Award. He coproduced Hans Olson's feature film Figurine, is finishing a dramatic narrative short film and is working on a video for Bonnie "Prince" Billy.

Canadian sound artist and media studies teacher Mark Templeton utilizes acoustic instruments, found sounds and sampled material to construct textured, collage-like electronic compositions. His sound has been called "glitchy," but also "painterly" in an attempt to describe how his sources are crumbled and reconstructed into new forms.

Templeton's works have been commissioned by organizations and artists of contemporary dance, film and audiovisual disciplines. His recordings have been published by Anticipate Recordings, Staalplaat, Sweat Lodge Guru, Under the Spire Recordings, Silentes and Graphical Recordings, which he owns and curates.

He has performed live at international festivals and alternative spaces such as MUTEK Festival (Montreal), Unsound Festival (Krakow), WORM (Rotterdam), Galapagos (New York), Send + Receive Festival (Winnipeg), Half Die Festival (Rome), Caf OTO (London) and Suoni Per Il Popolo Festival (Montreal).