Robert Babicz, aka Rob Acid, launches his strictly limited-run, live production label Dirt Cuts. Forget loops and laptops, computers and coding, the label aims to be raw, authentic, real, and above all, fearless. Debut release ‘A’ drops today - the first of the label’s 26 attempts to redefine the possibilities of 21st century electronic sound by recording live, improvised music produced without computers or sequencers.
Robert is revisiting the synths, drum machines and FX equipment he used in the '90s while performing and producing as Rob Acid to create a new electronic music alphabet based on improvisation and
experimentation – a language where “mistakes” can be the root of the magic. The label will release 26 EPs, titled from A to Z, then close forever.
The label aims to pose the provocative question: what can an artist achieve with simple tools? Though most of Rob Acid's work uses analogue equipment, the label takes this ethos a step further, stripping away modern computer technology to force Robert to confront himself as a creator and see how far he's come. It is a journey to discover what happens when old tools are handled with new wisdom, conscience and experience.
Starting from scratch with each track, Robert will build a soundscape of rhythms, harmonies, shapes and colours using 90% analogue equipment to express the sonic visions of his youth, on synths he can finally afford.
The releases will be recorded on the Studer A80 reel-to-reel machine. As a live performance, there is no chance to anticipate errors or instantly erase. Correcting a mistake during recording will
mean rewinding, deleting and re-recording. Robert has taken the challenge of practicing and performing the tracks live, balancing the spontaneity of performance with the high production values
and expectations of music fans in a digital age.
“Who knows what will happen?” Robert says. “The path is the goal.” The only limitation is the 26-release maximum. Within that space, Robert is open to collaborate, experiment, and explore ideas with like-minded artists.