It’s always interesting to see how people portray themselves through their online persona, compared to who they are in real life. It won’t be long before each variation is stapled down and stereotyped – the quiet in work/racist jokes on facebook bloke, sits on different tables in the canteen/sends overly familiar personal messages girl, overly aggressive about football/only joins groups about how much he loves his wife man and the most common – passed in the hall once/stop sending me friend requests guy.
Being an artist, Anca Stirbacu is probably a bit more aware of the ways that you need to present yourself, especially on line. Working under the name HIPDIEBATTERY, it’s the choice of words to describe her musical output that grab you at first – the claim to be an ‘audio recycling project’ might be ‘sample based’ dressed up, but it certainly sets the tone. Largely made for her own installations as she studies in Bucharest, the tracks differ greatly in their feel, from the brutality of early Zola Jesus, through to a tender, primary colours take on Four Tet, encompassing almost everything in between. Even without the flowerly, left-field prose surrounding it, it’s still pretty good.
HIPDIEBATTERY – Nitehunting