Interchange

by Warm Digits

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Bart Furp
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Bart Furp Impossible to choose a favorite track. Second of two absolute winners from the Digits!
David Willoughby
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David Willoughby It's Dusseldorf-upon-Tyne as Warm Digits weld the motorik intensity of Neu! to a Socialist celebration of affordable mass transit. Favorite track: Terminus.
Saucer
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Saucer Instrumental neokrautrock informed by the modern world and everything that krautrock inspired (EDM, shoegaze, post punk… I hear nods to Pet Shop Boys as well as to Fad Gadget and My Bloody Valentine).

Compared to Keep Warm… With The Warm Digits, this second album portrays a stronger identity and indulges in less Neu!/Harmonia worship. Feels a bit darker as well.

Warm Digits: exciting.
Tom Quicke
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Tom Quicke Krautrock supreme (uber alles?). Take me back to the 1970s please. Favorite track: Tyneside Electrics.
clanger9
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clanger9 Truly sensational! I love this album to bits. :-) Favorite track: The Connected Coast.
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  • CD/DVD set in digipak
    Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    The CD and DVD in a lovely digipak case, with cover photographs from the Tyne and Wear Archives.

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    Gorgeous deluxe 180-gram vinyl, heavy variant hand-screenprinted sleeve with two additional screenprinted inserts, and a DVDr of the Interchange film, and download code. LP+DVDr+download. A co-release with alt.vinyl that's limited to 250 copies only!

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about

Digital album now available at warmdigits.bandcamp.com/album/interchange

Interchange is Warm Digits' experimental film and album of music inspired by photography and illustrations drawn from the Tyne and Wear Archives, of the 1970s' biggest civil engineering project on Tyneside – the construction of Metro. Invited to investigate the archives to find inspiration to make some new music, Warm Digits found a selection photographs documenting the transitions between the crumbling, decommissioned British Rail stations of Tyneside and the new, futuristic Metro stations.

These 1970s photographs now carry a powerful aura of nostalgic hopefulness about publicly-funded civic development and connected communities. Visually, this has to do with the collision in the photographs of modernist architectural forms and advanced technology, with the dirt and grind of construction and the demolition and development of the older stations - what architecture critic Owen Hatherley calls the "outright weirdness" of the Metro system's designs, its "curious combination of antique and futuristic". In these photographs, tunnel shells bore unstoppably through the city's underbelly; boffinish, white-coated engineers are lifted by crane into half-finished shafts; modernist, abstract geometric shapes resolve into walkways and overpasses; while on the architects' plans, tiny huddles of theoretical passengers wait as shadows on platforms.

The songs on Interchange, and the accompanying films which use the images as source material, take and hold on to some of the spirits conjured by these pictures: of hopefulness for a publicly-funded civic future, of the use of new technology for change, of the excitement and propulsion of travel.

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released April 29, 2013

Music and video by Andrew Hodson and Steve Jefferis.

'Interchange' was produced as part of the Half Memory project. Half Memory invites artists and musicians working with sound and the moving image to unearth material from the collections of Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums to inspire new work.

Half Memory has been produced by Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums in association with TUSK Music and Pixel Palace.

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