The Caretaker – Theoretically Pure Anterograde Amnesia (six cd box set)
Dusty and forgotten memories, echoes and vibrations from the past. Using as source, recordings from the 1920’s and 1930’s era of Ballroom music. Often painful and desolate memories, recalled and replayed from beyond the grave of our senses. In amongst this darkness lies the solace of a semi-recognisable melody or phrase, a beacon of light in this often dark and distant ocean of haunted recalled audio.
The Caretaker project began in late 1996, undoubtedly inspired from the ballroom scene in Stanley Kubrick’s “Shining”. The first release played and extended this theme of altering 1920’s and 1930’s ballroom music creating an eerie and haunted soundworld. Subsequently the sound has become darker and often more abstract over time, moving away from the initial idea of a haunted ballroom into territories involving the mind and its abilities to recall memories.
Those who suffer from ‘theoretically pure anterograde amnesia’ will still be able to recall memories laid down before the onset of anterograde amnesia, but will exist in a transient world where anything beyond their immediate attention-span disappears permanently from their consciousness. Where once the Caretaker’s music seemed to recall an imaginary past, all such memories have faded. It is now the present, the vapour of here and now, which is crippling, fearful, and sinister. The ballroom music of yore has been supplanted by a frazzle of static, fuzz, and chasms of atonal doom. Possibly this is the definitive Caretaker release and will appeal to those who enjoy the isolationist output of William Basinski and Brian Eno.
Here for your pleasure are all seventy-two memories spread over six compact discs.
An unmastered veraion of this release can be downloaded for free below. The physical six-compact-disc box set is being repressed now and will be available soon.