EXTENSIONS

Mark Templeton + Kyle Armstrong
GRAPHICAL RECORDINGS, 2015

"Rapidly we approach the final phase of the EXTENSIONS of man- the technological simulation of consciousness." 
-Marshall McLuhan, Understanding Media, 1964.

2015 marks the 104th birthday of Canadian visionary Marshall McLuhan. With each passing year the revelatory nature of his prophetic vision becomes more evident. The global village is becoming a distinct reality in this technological age. McLuhan’s ability to predict the full impact of technology and media on our culture decades in advance is unprecedented. And his deep concern and warnings to us in these drastic changes in civilization are rarely heeded as we head full-steam ahead past the point of no-return, the consequences which are increasingly self-evident.

Sound artist Mark Templeton and filmmaker Kyle Armstrong have collaborated on a film/record released as a 12” LP and DVD in tribute to Canadian media visionary Marshall McLuhan. The audiovisual elements include both original and sampled film and audio inspired by the media visionary. The LP and DVD was mastered by Giuseppe Ielasi and pressed on 140g vinyl. Release comes with a digital download coupon. First 100 copies come with 1 limited edition postcard. 20 different postcards in all.

Mark Templeton+Kyle Armstrong: EXTENSIONS trailer

I’ve opened a door I shouldn’t have. The world is now rushing at me quicker than my brain can process it, with magma flow flickering out of hue as I stall under the weight of information in excess.
— ATTN: Magazine
... flowing collages open the floodgates to personal interpretations both emotional and cerebral.
— Eric Hill for Exclaim!
Oft distressed, blurred, and obscured by bleaches, dyes, scratches, and moiré-like effects, the multi-layered display flickers in tandem with the music, itself a stuttering stream of voice snippets, woozy horn phrases, and glitchy, turntable-like scratching.
— textura
Extensions is unique, more thoroughly composed and structured while incorporating the freedom of improvisation and happy accidents of its media being exploited for aesthetic gain.
— Joseph Sannicandro for A Closer Listen