Since the age of seventeen, Daniel Hipólito has been capturing, fragmenting, and reconfiguring his life experiences through tape manipulation as Smokey Emery. Equipped with a recording device, Hipólito has made a career out of documenting and transforming life’s everyday chapters into meaningful vignettes of self reflective audio-journalism. Hipólito has become a well established fixture amongst the national ambient and electro-acoustic music community, and his Soundtracks for Invisibility series is a compilation of pieces that are conceptually centered around specific subjects and/or spaces. By combining field recordings from various locations at vastly different speeds, Hipólito is able to link displaced moments into cogent soundscapes. In this way, Smokey Emery utilizes time and substance as compositional elements that play an equal, if not dominant role in the sonic architecture. Smokey Emery's oeuvre consists of hand cut reel-to-reel tape loops plucked from his own sound menagerie to be warbled, sped up, slowed down or reversed and then fused together with other processed loops.
Smokey Emery - Soundtracks for Invisibility Vol. IV: Photo of a Painting (HD051)