Poetry. Art. Collaboration. Music. Women's Studies. "Where I end is not where you begin / Am I more myself or am I not myself letting you in?" ABOUT REPULSION, a collaboration between poet Annelyse Gelman and programmer Jason Grier, is a suite of six songs exploring intimacy, power, and vulnerability. Two songs, "Maxes" and "Does It Make You Feel Alive To Sing," are featured on the actual record and a digital download card for all six songs is included with each EP purchase. Alongside samples from poets Max Ritvo, Brigit Pegeen Kelly, and Carl Phillips, each track on ABOUT REPULSION has been wrung through an intensive production mechanism: lead hooks sung by algorithms, rattled ice, overloaded CPU chips, and field recordings from everywhere from a strip mall Guitar Center in Texas to a remote seaside church in Arnis, the smallest town in Germany.
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Annelyse Gelman's work has appeared in BOMB Magazine, the PEN Poetry Series, The New Yorker, and elsewhere. She is the author of the poetry collection Everyone I Love Is a Stranger to Someone (2014) and the director of Midst, an experimental platform for archiving and sharing the writing process. Her language- based projects often draw on several disciplines at once, incorporating aspects of publishing, installation, and performance. Gelman has been the recipient of fellowships from the Deutsch-Amerikanische Fulbright-Kommission, New Zealand Pacific Studio, Fondation Jan Michalski, and the Michener Center for Writers. She currently lives in Austin, TX.
Jason Grier is a media producer and sound designer. His work exploits artistic research, political theory, and software development. He releases sounds and soundmaking tools as architectures for mass collaboration via Ableton and Human Ear Music (HEM), a label he founded in 2006 which now counts Ariel Pink, Julia Holter, Michael Pisaro, Lucrecia Dalt, and Ekkehard Ehlers, among many others, as participants. Grier maintains an inquisitive, adventurous attitude toward the intersections of social practice, materiality, and mediated being, mainly via off-the- grid collaborations. He is active in a number of places, primarily Los Angeles, Berlin, Austin, and Copenhagen.