Symbolic Use Of Light
by UMFANG

— Released 16th June 2017 on Technicolour

UMFANG makes her debut on Ninja Tune's Technicolour imprint with “Symbolic Use Of Light”. Previously sharing her analogue-based rhythmic excursions via videogamemusic, 1080p, Phinery and Allergy Season, the New Yorker is a co-founder of Brooklyn’s colossal Discwoman crew and resident at Bossa Nova Civic Club’s Technofeminism monthly.

She does not like to intellectualise her art, describing her process - recording tracks in live takes - as being rooted in catharsis, release and i...

UMFANG makes her debut on Ninja Tune's Technicolour imprint with “Symbolic Use Of Light”. Previously sharing her analogue-based rhythmic excursions via videogamemusic, 1080p, Phinery and Allergy Season, the New Yorker is a co-founder of Brooklyn’s colossal Discwoman crew and resident at Bossa Nova Civic Club’s Technofeminism monthly.

She does not like to intellectualise her art, describing her process - recording tracks in live takes - as being rooted in catharsis, release and improvisation rather than any identifiable high-art aim: “I want people to know that it’s accessible and that I taught myself and that you can learn too.” Still, one can understand why critics seek to ascribe this animus to her work, as she brings a refreshing sonic signature to the form, remarked upon by Actress who recently invited her to record a mix for his co-host radio show with Benji B on BBC Radio 1 / 1Xtra: “It’s techno, but she’s got these very subtle different ways of starting a track and transitioning from one idea to another – which is exactly what techno is about”.

That equipment - a couple of Boss DR 202s in the main, but also an x0xb0x and Korg Volca FM synth for the occasional “alien noise” - was the medium to record album tracks in live takes, with minimal post-production “only for quick corrections”. Nor was the record made with an album narrative in mind - tracks are a mix of old and new, produced in batches distinct to her frame of mind at the time of recording. “My process is really about sitting down and seeing what happens - it becomes a time-capsule of whatever works from that time period,” she explains.

Symbolic Use Of Light
by UMFANG

— Released 16th June 2017 on Technicolour

Physical

LP (TCLR024)

180g heavyweight black vinyl in a black paper inner bag housed in a 3mm spined outer sleeve. Artwork by UMFANG. Type by Bill Kouligas. Mastered by Heba Kadry. MP3 download code included.

£13.00
 
CD (TCLRCD024)
£8.00
 

Digital

MP3 (TCLRDNL024)
£5.00
 
16-bit WAV (TCLRDNL024W)
£7.00
 

Physical

Digital

LP (TCLR024)

180g heavyweight black vinyl in a black paper inner bag housed in a 3mm spined outer sleeve. Artwork by UMFANG. Type by Bill Kouligas. Mastered by Heba Kadry. MP3 download code included.

£13.00
MP3 (TCLRDNL024)
£5.00
CD (TCLRCD024)
£8.00
16-bit WAV (TCLRDNL024W)
£7.00

Tracklist

  • CD
  • LP
  • MP3
  • 16-bit WAV
  1. 1
    Full 1
  2. 2
    Weight
  3. 3
    Symbolic Use Of Light
  4. 4
    Where Is She
  5. 5
    Path
  6. 6
    Pop
  7. 7
    Sweep
  8. 8
    Wingless Victory
  9. 9
    Full 2
  10.  
    Play All (9)
  1. 1
    Full 1
  2. 2
    Weight
  3. 3
    Symbolic Use Of Light
  4. 4
    Where Is She
  5. 5
    Path
  6. 6
    Pop
  7. 7
    Sweep
  8. 8
    Wingless Victory
  9. 9
    Full 2
  10.  
    Play All (9)
  1. 1
    Full 1
  2. 2
    Weight
  3. 3
    Symbolic Use Of Light
  4. 4
    Where Is She
  5. 5
    Path
  6. 6
    Pop
  7. 7
    Sweep
  8. 8
    Wingless Victory
  9. 9
    Full 2
  10.  
    Play All (9)
  1. 1
    Full 1
  2. 2
    Weight
  3. 3
    Symbolic Use Of Light
  4. 4
    Where Is She
  5. 5
    Path
  6. 6
    Pop
  7. 7
    Sweep
  8. 8
    Wingless Victory
  9. 9
    Full 2
  10.  
    Play All (9)

UMFANG makes her debut on Ninja Tune's Technicolour imprint with “Symbolic Use Of Light”. Previously sharing her analogue-based rhythmic excursions via videogamemusic, 1080p, Phinery and Allergy Season, the New Yorker is a co-founder of Brooklyn’s colossal Discwoman crew and resident at Bossa Nova Civic Club’s Technofeminism monthly.

She does not like to intellectualise her art, describing her process - recording tracks in live takes - as being rooted in catharsis, release and i...

UMFANG makes her debut on Ninja Tune's Technicolour imprint with “Symbolic Use Of Light”. Previously sharing her analogue-based rhythmic excursions via videogamemusic, 1080p, Phinery and Allergy Season, the New Yorker is a co-founder of Brooklyn’s colossal Discwoman crew and resident at Bossa Nova Civic Club’s Technofeminism monthly.

She does not like to intellectualise her art, describing her process - recording tracks in live takes - as being rooted in catharsis, release and improvisation rather than any identifiable high-art aim: “I want people to know that it’s accessible and that I taught myself and that you can learn too.” Still, one can understand why critics seek to ascribe this animus to her work, as she brings a refreshing sonic signature to the form, remarked upon by Actress who recently invited her to record a mix for his co-host radio show with Benji B on BBC Radio 1 / 1Xtra: “It’s techno, but she’s got these very subtle different ways of starting a track and transitioning from one idea to another – which is exactly what techno is about”.

That equipment - a couple of Boss DR 202s in the main, but also an x0xb0x and Korg Volca FM synth for the occasional “alien noise” - was the medium to record album tracks in live takes, with minimal post-production “only for quick corrections”. Nor was the record made with an album narrative in mind - tracks are a mix of old and new, produced in batches distinct to her frame of mind at the time of recording. “My process is really about sitting down and seeing what happens - it becomes a time-capsule of whatever works from that time period,” she explains.