Empty Editions is proud to present Eli Keszler’s Last Signs of Speed as our inaugural release. This release, our first vinyl record, has represented a labor of love for both Eli and ourselves
Last Signs is Eli’s first solo release since 2012’s Catching Net (PAN Records) and explores a very different side of his unique acoustic universe. One in which the macrocosmic percussive collisions of his earlier work give way to a gradual unfolding of dub-influenced rhythmic constellations. Eli has described Last Signs as his response to playing in club environments over the last few years; an attempt to negotiate a delicate balance between the materiality of his acoustic instrument and the hyper-mediated sonic ecosystem of the club sound system. Coming off like an inspired synthesis between Scientist and Xenakis, Last Signs of Speed is a truly unique work by an artist at the height of his powers.
About Eli Keszler
Eli Keszler is a New York-based artist, composer and percussionist. His compositions and visual works examine the limits of instrumentation, notation, and space in its institutional, musical and public form.
Eli has released solo records on ESP-Disk and PAN and toured extensively throughout Europe and the US, performing solo and in collaboration with artists such as Tony Conrad, Oren Ambarchi, Keith Fullerton Whitman, Aki Onda, and Rashad Becker. His upcoming projects include a duo recording with Rashad Becker at The Empty Gallery and a collaborative project with Laurel Halo.
Keszler's sound installations, music and visual work have appeared at Lincoln Center, MIT List Center, Victoria & Albert Museum, Sculpture Center, The Kitchen, South London Gallery, Carpenter Center for The Visual Arts (Harvard), Luma-Foundation, Tectonics Festival (Harpa Hall) Reykjavik, Centraal Museum in Utrecht, Boston Center for the Arts, Barbican-St. Lukes and 3S Arts and Greater New York at MoMA PS1.
Eli Keszler plays drums, percussion, fender rhodes, piano, mellotron, celeste, vibraceleste, glockenspiel, rocks, gravel
String Orchestra of Brooklyn (a4, d1)
Leila Bordreuil - cello (c2)
Geoff Mullen - glass, metal, wood fragments (d3, d4)
Recorded at Bunker Studio, Seaside Lounge, and Ohio, NY, 2014-2016
Engineered by Nolan Thies and Mitch Rakin
Mastered by Rashad Becker
Cover Illustration by Eli Keszler
Liner Notes by David Grubbs
Sleeve Design by Trilingua (HK) in collaboration with Die Lettertypen (DE)
Production by Handle With Care (DE)