WRANGLER (UK)

One of the meanings of the word 'wrangle' refers to the attempt at taming old analogue devices. This is where the name of the new collaborative project comes from. Its members are three renowned musicians from different spheres of experimental electronic music: Steven Mallinder, a pioneer of the industrial aesthetics and a founder and singer of the honoured band Cabaret Voltaire; Benge – a world's guru of modular synthesizers, and Phil Warren – a member of a distinguished folktronica group Tunng. These three musicians have decided to use the experience gained during years of practice in managing analogue equipment and to face the unpredictable possibilities offered by the devices they have been collecting for decades.

The main idea of Wrangler is to use the preserved technology from the past, inherited from those who had got rid of it and exchanged it with the digital – shining with freshness, tempting with functionality and encouraging with a small, convenient size. The fact that you can't just switch the old equipment on and expect it to do whatever it is told to do was a reason good enough to take the collective challenge. The project's members assumed that the digital is merely a process of cloning, and the analogue is a process of a unique representation in which nothing can be repeated in exactly the same way. Wrangler refers to the physical aspect of creating electronic music, which requires physical presence of an instrument, as well as its imperfections which introduces the element of unpredictability in the creative process. Wrangler is a pure sonic retrofuturism.

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Wrangler