COVER IMAGE
LP released: Jul 01, 2022

Tracklisting:
1. Translation From Unspecified (18:29)
2. Soixante Ooze (19:43)
DAVID GRUBBS & JAN ST. WERNER
TRANSLATION FROM UNSPECIFIED
Label: BLUE CHOPSTICKS
Cat No: BC37LP
Barcode: 781484703716
Packaging: LP Regular

David Grubbs and Jan St. Werner met in the mid-1990s when Grubbs was playing with
Gastr del Sol and The Red Krayola and St. Werner in Mouse on Mars and Microstoria.
After years of exchanging ideas, Translation from Unspecified marks their first time locking
horns as a duo, and it's clear this deck-clearing collaboration was long overdue. In January

2020 Grubbs arrived at Mouse on Mars' Berlin studio Paraverse with a guitar and "Translation from Unspecified," an open-ended, seemingly self-generating poem suggesting AI,

one of the themes in St. Werner's recent work. This became the side-length title track, a
winding corridor of electronic fanfares and spontaneous musical miniatures urging Grubbs's
slow and steady recitation to grow wings and graduate into song. Who knows where this
idiosyncratic mise-en-sc ne-day-glo, extrovert electronics and task-oriented human
came from? Reference points, distant ones, might include Robert Ashley and Paul De
Marinis's "In Sara, Mencken, Christ and Beethoven..." and the sound poetry of Anton
Bruhin. Flip the record and you have "Soixante Ooze," a live-in-the-studio duo for guitar
and computer more recognizably St. Wernerian and Grubbs-like that reconfigures elements
of the title track before finally morphing into needle-pinning monoliths of sound.