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"Darkening Ligne Claire" – box set
D a r k e n i n g  L i g n e  C l a i r e
L i l e s / M a n i a c   +   C h r i s t o p h e  S z p a j d e l
[AR R. 01]

When AR asked Christophe Szpajdel (aka Lord of the Logos) to design its logotype, the curators discovered a vast and virgin landscape photographic archive. An archive of great value: Szpajdel's design styles draw inspiration from plant forms, but it is in his vast photographic archive that his abstract thought is unvealed. It came natural for the newborn organisation to plan Szpajdel's first photo show: "Darkening Ligne Claire". Liles/Maniac (the duo formed by Andrew Liles and Sven Erik "Maniac" Fuzz Kristiansen) composed a soundtrack that is now their new – and AR's first – album.


As written on the silk printed inlay, in the “Darkening Ligne Claire” box set:

“We chose and printed – in a 24 cm x 30 cm format – fourteen shots in order to build seven diptychs, and then we named the art, borrowing the titles from Szpajdel’s past creations:

I - EMPEROR
II - ENTHRONED
III - FLAGELLUM DEI
IIII - SLAUGHTER MESSIAH
IIIII - SOULBURN
IIIIII - WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM
IIIIIII - NOCTUARY.

This visual selection inspired Andrew Liles and Sven Kristiansen to create music, to blur sound, to stretch and shrink time. Andrew Liles manifested the 'Darkening Ligne Claire' concept by manipulating Maniac’s narration of the titles above; using only the sound of Maniac’s voice through various digital and analogue processes, seven tracks, each seven minutes long, were created.
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When, after the production of these seven “meta”-heavy metal tracks, Szpajdel drew a logo for the Liles/Maniac duo, 'Darkening Ligne Claire' was complete.

Each track was lathe cut on a single sided transparent vinyl 10” by Bladud Flies!, leaving the blank side of the disc on which to engrave the logo.

Official release date is march the 4th, 2019.
While the digital version of both the exhibition and the album is going to be made available online for free, the "Darkening Ligne Claire" object appears now as a wax sealed wooden casing – 38 cm x 38 cm x 7 cm – enclosing the seven diptychs and the seven discs. This box set has been designed, crafted and set for sale in order to cover production expences.


Archaeological Records is a new curatorial project dedicated to music archaeology, and a club for sound explorers.
It is born to investigate both in the deep history of sound and in finding ways for a more sustainable cultural production. This is AR's first project.

f r o n t

o p e n  ( s c r e w s  r e m o v e d )

S I L K  P R I N T E D  i n l a y  ( 33 c m  x  33 c m  –  f e d r i g o n i  s i r i o  u l t r a  b l a c k 680 )

b a c k  ( o p e n )

10  i n c h e s  t r a n s p a r e n t  v i n y l  ( l a t h e  c u t ),  e n g r a v e d  l o g o
I N  S E W E D  C A R D B O A R D  E N V E L O P E  (33 c m  x  33 c m  –  f e d r i g o n i  s i r i o  u l t r a  b l a c k  460  O N  680 )

diptych  I  –  " E m p e r o r "

diptych  II  –  " E N T h r o n e d "

diptych  III  –  " f l a g e l l u m  d e i "

diptych  IIII  –  " n o c t u a r y "

diptych  IIIII  –  " s l a u g h t e r  m e s s i a h "

diptych  Iiiiii  –  " s o u l b u r n "

diptych  Iiiiiii  –  " w o l v e s  i n  t h e  t h r o n e  r o o m "

i n l a y  d e t a i l s :  s i l k  s c r e e n  p r i n t  o n  S i r i o  u l t r a b l a c k  f e d r i g o n i  6 8 0  g r.  P A PE R

24 C M  X  30  C M  P H O T O G R A P H I C  P R I N T  ( P O L I T E N A T E  S E M I - M A T T E  260  G R.  P A P E R )
f r e e  w a v e  s e w i n g
t r a n s p a r e n t  v i n y l  l a t h e  c u t  a n d  e n g r a v i n g
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"Darkening Ligne Claire" – box set

Darkening Ligne Claire is an art box set limited to one copy. It encloses the whole photographic exhibition by Christophe Szpajdel and its soundt Read More
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