AUGUSTUS MULLER, Machine Learning Experiments, LP

Augustus Muller (Gus from Boy Harsher), releases two original scores through own label Nude Club records. The films, ‘Orgone Theory’ and ‘Hydra’, are Muller’s first foray into scoring. Both films were produced by UK based collective Four Chambers.

Four Chambers, or A Four Chambered Heart, produces adult material that focuses on DIY practices and non traditional bodies and narratives. Four Chambers is self-described by creator Vex Ashley as “deliberately ambiguous, rejecting labels for both (the) films and performers, existing in-between genres of both art and pornography and dismissing the need for a definition of either.”

After a successful collaboration between Boy Harsher and Four Chambers, with the film Archetype, Vex sought a direct collaboration between Muller. ‘Hydra’ is a short, sci-fi experience studying invasion and consumption. Muller’s score delves into the film’s dystopian attitude, utilizing eerie industrial tones and wet synthesizers. ‘Orgone Theory’ takes a more dogmatic approach: sexual scenarios confined within a metal box simulating the Wilhelm Reich’s orgone accumulator. In ‘Orgone Theory’, Muller embraces more of a rhythmic preposition, referencing the film’s dynamic subject matter and alluding early work by Patrick Crowley.

There’s no need to confine the score to particular genres, yet for context – within these tracks, Muller combines disparate soundscapes, melancholy drone, and minimal synth. Programmatic rhythms synchronized across tracks, driving forward in seamless harmonies. Lush synth soundscapes and pounding beats. It’s a listener’s delight, all set in an ethereal environment that is distinctively Boy Harsher. From start to finish, this compendium is excellent.


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