by: Pietro Da Sacco
DECOMPOSURE is the audio and visual experimentalist known as Caleb Mueller from Canada. Currently residing in a sleepy little town in Ontario, Caleb lived most of his life in the flat, prairie-ridden areas of Saskatchewan and also went to the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver, BC. As a sound sculptor, Caleb's Decomposure moniker stems from his acute attention to detail in found-sound manipulation. Take, for example, the fact that he used to get two tape recorders, sing into one, and then transfer the tape across to the other to make some really low-quality acapella songs. This was just the beginning of what was to become Decomposure's sound and vision as an electronic musician.
His debut album for Unschooled Records entitled Taking Things Apart, does just that. The project is about using found-sounds to create new soundscapes, whereas the album is structured around twelve or thirteen separate sounds, and each song is made from the sound source listed in its title. As the liner notes represent the full detail of the sounds herein, Decomposure gives the listener a window into what the artist is thinking when the music is being played; to compress reality into a sort of hyper-real song structure. To tweak, re-tweak and re-mix sound until all that is left is an exploration of both life and electronic music through subversion, deconstruction and redistribution.
Quoting Caleb about the origin of his alias, "The first thing is composing music --a creative process. And so, to decompose would be to un-create, to take things apart. Secondly, there's composure, which is to be collected, calm, organized; whereas Decomposure is to have a lack of composure; being scattered and disorganized."
Taking Things Apart is the culmination of Caleb's musical work presented as an experimentally intact field recording and a visually organized collection of his artwork. Electronic music has traditionally dwelt on the winning side, becoming more synthetic and repetitive at every turn. Decomposure, instead, explores this void sonically, bringing found-sound from life into the digital realm, then deconstructing and rearranging it into complex, unrepentant rhythms and ambiences.
Decomposure is currently working on a new album set for release this year.