Scopic’s «Vide Infra, Vide Supra» will be released digitally on 7 February 2020 by Shelflife Records.
«Vide Infra, Vide Supra» was originally recorded in the Spring of 1999 by Robert Gerard Pietrusko—a then-member of Brooklyn-based shoegaze trio, Mahogany. The piece was intended for a limited-run 7-inch release but was unfortunately lost after an irrecoverable hard drive crash. Pietrusko was disheartened by the idea of starting over and abandoned the release to focus on other projects. Nearly 20 years later, he discovered an old sketchbook containing preliminary notes and production workflows for the piece. Working from memories conjured by these original sketches, Pietrusko gave himself a single weekend to attempt a faithful recreation using the same equipment and minimal arrangement as he used in 1999: four tracks of guitar, an Arp Solina, a Quadraverb, and a DR-55 drum machine. The result captures what Scopic might have sounded like had it been released 20 years ago while also documenting the inevitable gaps between the original and Pietrusko’s recollection of it.
Robert Gerard Pietrusko is a designer and composer living in Somerville, Massachusetts. His work is part of the permanent collection of the Fondation Cartier in Paris and has been exhibited internationally at venues such as MoMA, SFMOMA, ZKM, Akademie der Künste, Palais de Tokyo, and the Venice Architecture Biennale. Recent residencies ZKM (2011), EMPAC (2011), and the MacDowell Colony (2019). His most recent album “Six Microphones” was released by LINE and Counter Audition in 2019. Pietrusko is currently an Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture at Harvard University.