JEN KUTLER – Disembodied


In recent years, electronic music appears to have become an excellent means to focus on issues related to desexualization. This writer has no surplus of experience regarding advanced transduction techniques, but what has been received from evolved artists like CP (Caroline Park) and now Jen Kutler suggests compelling hypotheses for the combination of powerful bodily energies with the ability to produce enthralling sounds with them.

Specifically, Kutler – who exploits typically feminine objects as an acoustic medium after thoroughly modifying them – gathered eleven persons (plus herself) whose common feature is a body belonging to the feminine spectrum. A special ring was entrusted to them to wear during a masturbation session (incidentally, one of humanity’s most creative manoeuvres if we just think of the multifarious fantasies involved). Through a MIDI data transmission system, the ring turns the internal vibrations emitted by the subjects into a palette comprising field recordings, granular synthesis and pure tones.

The end result is definitely consistent, nearly comparable to a veritable suite defined by slightly different situations and timbral hues. In general, “atmospheric” electronics prevail, although the use of environmental materials may suggest snapshots of precise moments in life, often complemented by relatively quiet droning or radiophonic presences. If you’re a morbidly curious specimen, nothing of what you will hear in Disembodied directly refers to the sexual act; had we not known the artist’s intent in advance, we would have never imagined the source. My favorite is indeed the very curator’s track, Dockstaderly mysterious in its nebulous textural grain; however, equally spellbinding juxtapositions are not infrequent throughout the program.

Beyond Kutler’s exploratory capacities, already worthy of interest in themselves due to the total lack of clichés linked to pseudo-feminist obsolescence, it’s good to enjoy such a beautifully resounding album – whose aim is discovering “the amount of separation required to de-objectify a feminine spectrum body” – as the fruit of acts that religions describe as “sinful”, whereas they express instead a deep level of purity, connected to otherwise inexpressible intimate realities.

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