With his flagship project, The Rita, Sam McKinlay has, for nearly two decades, explored and distilled into sound various permutations of fetish and vice.
He is recognized as the creator of Wall Noise (or Harsh Noise Walls/HNW).
In recent years, McKinlay has increasingly focused on the female form, particularly the modes of body augmentation that define classical femininity, such as make up, nylon stockings, etc.
The progression of this focus culminated — perhaps inevitably — with the most archetypal projection of femininity in Western Culture: the ballerina, her feet, and her pointe shoes.
The foot of a woman has long been identified as the most common source of unusual sexual preoccupation.
It is a part of the body that is frequently utilized and easily damaged.
In its immaculate form, it is rare and precious.
The foot is the terminal point of the body, the most distant corporal destination from the seat of consciousness.
McKinlay's music might be viewed in similar terms.
HNW is arguably the terminal point of music itself, beyond which it's impossible to achieve greater or more effective minimalism and abstraction.
It is a pure, visceral sound, untethered from intellectual and emotional composition.
Toe Cleavage is the most comprehensive expression of McKinlay's recent endeavors.
For the uninitiated, the term “toe cleavage” refers to the display of the upper portions of toes in low cut shoes — an essential detail for many shoe designers and an aptly selected title for this collection.
Across the seven tapes in this set, McKinlay, through his music, dissects, indulges, illustrates, and worships the feminine foot. To that end, McKinlay worked with Los Angeles based visual artist Olivia Burr and recording artist Kristin Hayter (Lingua Ignota).
In addition to photographic contributions, Burr and Hayter provided much of the source material for McKinlay including: dance studio floor recordings; contact mic'd ballet shoes; and the repeated unboxing, unwrapping, trying on, walking in, and re-boxing of various designer shoes (Valentino, Miu Miu, etc.).
Adding depth to the overall experience, McKinlay interspersed interludes throughout the recordings featuring audio samples derived from discussions and tutorials about pointe shoes, toe cleavage, and various designer ballet flat and stiletto reviews. This set of recordings is arguably McKinlay's most focused and obsessive effort to date and perfectly embodies the cultivated stylistic traits that have defined his work through the years.
— Jason Campbell
De-Lux wooden box includes:
§ 7 Pink cassettes with White prints on cassettes body
§ 16 pages booklet (21x26cm)
§ 1 full-colour poster
§ 3 inserts
§ hand-numbered edition of 99 copies.
A Toe Technique 1 15:00
B Toe Technique 2 15:00
C Toe Cleavage Dialogue 15:00
D Ballet Flats 15:00
E Olivia Burr Sources 1 15:00
F Olivia Burr Sources 2 15:00
G Properly Walking In Pointe Shoes 15:00
H Properly Running In Pointe Shoes 15:00
I Chanel Ballet Flats 15:00
J Aquazzura Ballet Flats 15:00
K Ballet Flats Comfort 15:00
L Pointe Shoes Comfort 15:00
M Lingua Ignota Sources 1 15:00
N Lingua Ignota Sources 2 15:00
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