Start Up / Shut Down

Digital album / PAN 061

Includes download in MP3 / OGG / FLAC format.
  • 1. Start Up
  • 2. Shut Down

Start Up / Shut Down is a set of short iterations, remixes, and refinements of Window and Macintosh operating system event sounds. This project features remixed material sourced from Microsoft Windows (3.1, 4.0, NT, 95, 98, Me, XP, Vista, 7, 8) and Macintosh OS (10.0 Cheetah, 10.1 Puma, 10.2 Jaguar, 10.3 Panther) operating systems.

The default computer sounds and stock plugins merge together with custom audio patches to examine the strict durational formatting and other standards found in the one-to-four second event sound. The resulting two five-minute tracks act as a set of hand-made alternatives to proprietary operating system sounds.

Credits

All tracks recorded, mixed, and mastered by Jeff Kolar. Cover image designed by Jeremy Stephen Shedd.

Reviews:

“What will happen when our computers are always on, or instant on, or so ubiquitous that we think of them less as objects, as accessories, or even garments, and more like soap or aftershave? Will we hang on to vestiges of their earlier days, much as we today add noises to electric cars in the name of comfort, safety, and security? If so, we’ll look back to work like that of Jeff Kolar, whose Start Up/Shut Down is, indeed, made of the noises of computers doing just that. His description is as precise as his working materials: “Start Up/Shut Down is a set of short iterations, remixes, and refinements of Window and Macintosh operating system event sounds. This project features remixed material sourced from Microsoft Windows (3.1, 4.0, NT, 95, 98, Me, XP, Vista, 7, 8) and Macintosh OS (10.0 Cheetah, 10.1 Puma, 10.2 Jaguar, 10.3 Panther) operating systems.” He has plumbed the less than recent history of the major two major operating systems for his noises. The result is an abstract play on sounds at once familiar and remote. It’s a bracing listen, and leaves one eagerly awaiting the Linux B-side. Kolar is one of the people behind the grew Radius podcast and pirate broadcast, a frequent subject of this site’s Downstream department. He corresponded with Disquiet earlier this year about another kind of “start up” sound that serves as the opening theme of the Radius broadcast (see “Entering and Exiting the Electromagnetic Spectrum”).” -Disquiet

“I’ve been trying to write a review for the past week or so about a new Creative Commons album, but no matter how hard I tried the words weren’t coming out. And then I released that the reason why I couldn’t write the review − the album didn’t inspire me. So I trashed that attempted review and I am moving on to an album that does excite − Jeff Kolar’s Start Up/Shut Down on the netlabel Panospria. Lately I’ve been enamoured with literal computer music, that is music generated from computer sounds and noises such as Valentina Vuksic’s Tripping Through Runtime (Zeromoon) (review) or Gregrory Chatonsky’s podcast on Radius. Kolar’s two pieces focus on the bootup and shutdown processes of computing through various OS’s — Windows (3.1, 4.0, NT, 95, 98, Me, XP, Vista, 7, and Macintosh OS (10.0 Cheetah, 10.1 Puma, 10.2 Jaguar, 10.3 Panther). From my reading of the liner notes, Kolar takes the manipulate the sounds while keeping them in real time to bring together two five-minute tracks of these processes. Not only is it interesting work, it’s beautiful as well.” -Acts of Silence

“Jeff Kolar’s “Start Up / Shut Down” is a free ‘net-label two-track single creating solely from: “Window and Macintosh operating system event sounds. This project features remixed material sourced from Microsoft Windows (3.1, 4.0, NT, 95, 98, Me, XP, Vista, 7, 8) and Macintosh OS (10.0 Cheetah, 10.1 Puma, 10.2 Jaguar, 10.3 Panther) operating systems.” The glitchy abstract electronica of “Start Up” certainly doesn’t sound like anything you would expect to hear coming out of computers, unless you threw a bunch of ‘em into a full bathtub and recorded their dying screams. “Shut Down” is really nice, a sci-fi drone-fest - easy-listening music for robots. Mr. Kolar is the man behind ‘Other Voices’, the sound piece made from homemade radios we wrote about earlier this year.” -Music for Maniacs

  • Date available: 2011-12-08

Jeff Kolar

Panospria