Sacremento’s abrasive Death Grips have been busy boys recently with a new deal signed and two new albums slated for release later in the year. The group have also been working on a side-project entitled ‘RETROGRADE’ that’s made up of 109 GIFS of the band on a board that can be played individually or simultaneously. The board creates a thick sheet of noise when played at the same time but there are plenty of combinations to toy with and the band encourages user participation. A statement provided by Death Grips gives the reasoning behind the project:
“It’s inspired by Mercury being in retrograde right now (until April 4, 2012). The piece is an expression of the infinite/fractal nature of every moment in time. When creating music, we are sticking/unsticking ourselves to endless time snakes—the idea that the smallest/tiniest of moments contains everything in the universe—Progress/becoming UNSTUCK.
The piece itself is a musical instrument. Our real performances are disassembled, mangled, and thrown back together in a renegade way. We recommend the “PLAY ALL” button. This is exactly how we create our art. It’s dirty, chaotic, and constantly on the brink of catastrophic failure. We encourage others to deconstruct our ideas and this piece in similar ways. We are excited about people creating their own content out of this device. It’s not about the machine itself but the process of exploration.”