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2LP released: Jan 26, 2024

Tracklisting:
1. Early Gardens By Heather Trost
2. Trip To The Shops By Roj
3. Death Borscht By The Sonic Catering Band
4. The Third Gastric Surge Of The Night By The Sonic Catering Band
5. The Funeral Table By Jeremy Barnes
6. Greed By The Sonic Catering Band
7. Hla-dq8 By The Sonic Catering Band
8. Early Gardens (Earlier) By Heather Trost
9. Trip To The Shops (Footfall) By Roj
10. Hindu Monastery Breakfast By Nurse With Wound
11. Ohmlette's Law By Tim Harrison
12. Vegetable Trash By The Sonic Catering Band
13. A Sedimental Journey By The Sonic Catering Band
14. Baron Von Omelette By The Sonic Catering Band
15. Dossier De Canteen By The Sonic Catering Band
16. Insufflation Tube By Cavern Of Anti-matter
17. The Funeral Table (Gluten-free) By Jeremy Barnes
18. A Pain I Can't Hold In By The Sonic Catering Band
19. Early Gardens (Earliest) By Heather Trost
20. Monday Service By Dan Hayhurst
21. Dietary Crash By The Sonic Catering Band
22. Cross-contamination By Marta Salogni
23. Trip To The Shops (Closing Down) By Roj
24. The Funeral Table (Demonstration) By Jeremy Barnes
FLUX GOURMET - O.S.T.
FLUX GOURMET - O.S.T.
Label: BA DA BING!
Cat No: BING197LP
Barcode: 600197019719
Packaging: 2LP

In Peter Strickland's Flux Gourmet, a dysfunctional group of performance artists undertake a month-long residency at an institute devoted to culinary disciplines. Food is interrogated for its sonic potential as the group mic-up, amplify, distort and transform what they cook in front of an audience. The noise that the characters in the film itself make is driven by food blenders, overflowing cauldrons of gurgling soup and sizzling frying pans (courtesy of The Sonic Catering Band), yet the music that soundtracks the culinary capers is engorged with aching melodies and wordless, airy vocals. Contributors include Cavern Of Anti-Matter, Jeremy Barnes and Heather Trost of A Hawk And A Hacksaw and Trost's band, Roj (formerly of Broadcast), and Nurse With Wound. Flux Gourmet is presented in a lush 2xLP package with an ornate, colorful design and Strickland's detailed liner notes.

Image, color, light and sound are integrated and heightened to delirious levels of hyperreality, much like Strickland's past works, Berberian Sound Studio and In Fabric. Flux Gourmet very much alludes to his past as a member of The Sonic Catering Band, which he founded back in 1996. The band split on several occasions and got back together to create new pieces for the soundtrack, concocting strange sonic morsels and treating recipes as if they were scores. The lines between what is on the screen and what is on the soundtrack are blurred, with the band (mostly) using the exact same equipment (which they loaned to the production) and recipes as in the film. However, for all the conceptual rigour on display, the music on the Flux Gourmet is ultimately in pursuit of catharsis, as one character concedes. The power of music and / or noise to purge and cleanse its makers (and hopefully, listeners) of their ills and woes.