Since the age of seventeen, Houston-born Daniel Hipólito has been capturing, fragmenting, and reconfiguring his life experiences as Smokey Emery. Hipólito has become a well established fixture amongst many experimental and electro-acoustic music circles by releasing a myriad of dense ambient works comprised of dismantled field recordings reinvented through tape manipulation. Though moving transiently between cities for much of his adult life, Hipólito perpetually equips himself with a recording device to connect his geographically disparate chapters of life into meaningful vignettes of self reflective audio-journalism. Soundtracks for Invisibility Vol. III: Qui Mal y Pense depicts a catalog of human conditions from multiple viewpoints and chronologies, allowing each composition to coalesce into a greater framework of substantive contextual meaning and expression.
The Soundtracks for Invisibility series is a compilation of pieces that conceptually center themselves around specific subjects and/or spaces; by integrating an array of recorded sounds from various perspectives and revealing them on vastly altered timelines, Hipólito is able to link multitudes of displaced moments into potently cogent soundscapes. In this way Smokey Emery utilizes time and substance as compositional elements that play an equal, if not dominant role to tonal relationship within the music's sonic architecture. Recorded and mixed while bouncing between ad hoc studios in Houston, Portland, Brighton (UK), San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Antonio, and finally Austin, the Soundtracks series archives the collages and audible nuances captured by Hipólito while exploring his frequently changing environments. Smokey Emery's oeuvre of work consists of hand cut reel-to-reel tape loops plucked from his own sound menagerie to be warbled, sped up, slowed down, or reversed and fused together with other loops undergoing unique but similar processes. Originally released digitally in 2011, HOLODECK is proud to re-issue the third volume of the Soundtracks series on cassette.
Recorded between 2006-2010 during stints in Austin and San Francisco, Qui Mal y Pense is an Anglo-Norman phrase that translates as "Who Thinks Evil of It" and encompasses the most enigmatic of Hipólito's cerebral and physical journeys during his Soundtracks series. Even though these years were a more geographically static period of time than those surrounding Vol. I: Youth Burnt While Travelling and Vol. II: You Take the High Road, the wandering mental state of Vol. III: Qui Mal y Pense remains in transit, imbuing each piece with a tangible sense of disorientation. While being the most structurally complex installment of Soundtracks, Hipólito completely obscures and alters recycled layers of dredged guitar loops, decaying organ, and appropriated found sound to also make this phase of the series its most opaque. Similarly, time and direction become indistinguishable sensory stimuli that congeal into a single frame of reference before quickly splintering into a continuously expanding collection of warped and distorted reiterations. Vast hollow craters of minimalism are transversed by the sounds of distant mechanical groans and itinerant orchestral swells that are replete with the wholly restless weight of the human experience.
Simultaneously heard from many vantage points and times at once, Smokey Emery's Soundtracks for Invisibility Vol. III: Qui Mal y Pense finds Daniel Hipólito before and after returning from a psychic vanishing point. The result is a beautifully dense entry into his ongoing peripatetic series.
released July 15, 2014
RECORDED AND ARRANGED 2006 TO 2010 IN SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA AND AUSTIN, TEXAS BY D. HIPOLITO. RE-MASTERED BY DYLAN CAMERON 2014.