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in a day unbroken
speckles are accumulated
upon frost, upon frost, upon frost

Automating is the heterogoenous sound and sample manipulations of Melbourne, Australia’s Sasha Margolis. “Lost Air” is the perhaps the most drone focused of Automating’s released work to date. The vaguely defined bodies of distorted synth hums call to mind towering, electrified structures, belonging to some “reality ahead of schedule,” while the muffled shuffling of the semi-rhythmic elements recall paranoiac apartment living. The track sits happily in the area between more “noisy,” distorted drones and the glistening, reverb-laden audio saccharine drones that are increasingly en vogue. The balance is refreshing and the touches of tape hiss add an intriguing, if unpredictable element.

Luke Carrell
International Tapes

This split cassette between Melbourne’s Automating (Sasha Margolis of Spitfire Parade) and Berlin-via-Sydney’s Anon (Anna Vo, previously of Sydney hardcore group Crux), couples two artists with cosmetically very little in common. Automating’s side is one of the most immediately enjoyable recordings in his steadily growing catalogue, with ‘Lost Air’ conjuring the quiet anxiety of surveillance. Listening to this is like sitting in a steel-tight bunker monitoring an anxious wanderer getting lost in a forest. With its thick metallic drone and leaf-crunching samples, there’s a strange sense of voyeurism here, as if we’re awaiting some grim climax. Anon’s side utilises what sounds like very loose and reverberated piano strings acting as a base for some breathy vocal manipulations, and is dedicated to her late friend and M+N contributor Adam D Mills.

Shaun Prescott
Mess & Noise


released July 19, 2010

Front cover image taken by Anna Vo, layout and design by Sasha Margolis, mixed and mastered by James Dean at Electric Sounds 2010




Automating Melbourne, Australia

Automating is Sasha from Melbourne, Australia. Sifting through the sonic waste and discarded technology left by the roadside of a world speeding too fast into the future. Field recordings, found sound, tape manipulation, noise and effects units. Currently pursuing live and studio created binaural soundscapes and archaic tape based drones. ... more

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