I’m pleased to announce the release of ‘Heavy Kisses’ a compilation CDr released on the superb Hissing Frames. Featured are The Blue Spectrum, David K Frampton , Robert Ridley-Shackleton and myself (as Zebra Mu). Noisy, weird and interesting material throughout – each artist on top form in my opinion!
Excerpt from my track ‘Warning Siren / Minimal Intervention’:
You can pick up a copy from the label here:
A new audio work Solo for Voice, Body and Microcassette Recorder and accompanying text score will be featured in ‘Music, Embodiment and the Body’ an installation being exhibited at the Sounds Sonic Festival, Firstsite, Colchester 2nd – 3rd November!
More information on this exciting event can be found here:
The Museum Of Microcassette Art (MOMA) is a microcassette audio mail art project by audio artist and experimental musician Hal McGee.
Life at 2.4cm/s is my contribution to this fun project!
For more information, listen to both sides and check out the other contributions click on the link below:
Thorsten Marc Soltau sent me two great reviews and photographs of the recent Zebra Mu / Tristan Burfield: Split C30 and Zebra Mu: Muscle Junk 3.5″ floppy disk single!
“Michael Ridge kindly send me two of his latest offerings under his Zebra Mu moniker, one released by his own label, Quagga Curious Sounds and one under the label umbrella of Tristan Burfield. It’s a noisy affair and as you can guess from the delicious remix packed on the Sindre Bjerga release, this is the noise update you had to expect-
The Zebra Mu floppy contains a three minute work (kindly provided via the internet way- no floppy reader here) and is a deep abyss of drenched sounds. Delay units and manipulated gear, across voice samples and tape flutter. You have to see and hear to believe- “Mahogany Beast” is indeed a muscular piece of work, piercing and hard, but also carefully executed to avoid any noisewall-character. The shifting tones and mumbling bits soaked in hiss and squelching loops are a short but excellent extension of the Zebra Mu universe. The collage is a nice art-factor- and represents the schematic of the title perfectly. The intention of the title is elegantly left out- maybe this is a subtle statement against too overbuild noise in general? We owe you an answer to it yet, sorry.
The tape is a different programme, featuring a suite of tracks by Tristan played on a guitar. A pretty minimal setup, a diverse affair after his excellent pixelpop on QCS. Strumming along and floating on a wave of acoustic balances, this is a very soft relation to the b-side of Zebra Mu. Interesting, I had Tortoise in mind while listening, but with a stripped equipment.
“Punishment And Starvation” on the back offers a fluid and melange’d sound debris, from scratched tape sounds to militant time mangled rhythms. Ultra Eczema universe, reinterpretated on his own. A pleasant and wonderful world, sewn together with malicious frequencies.
Both releases are strictly limited to under 20 copies each, so do not sleep on this!”
This was a 20-minute performance at the Stew Gallery exploring 8 artists who have made us what we are today.
My chosen artist was Cory Arcangel who was a big influence on my earlier works. I re-enacted/reinterpreted a segment from his piece “Old Friends” (a modified DVD where you can see Simon and Garfunkel bicker from a 1981 concert in Central Park) this involved (as Paul Simon) pacing about flustered and awkwardly/slightly aggressively shaking hands with members of o/o/o and the audience. A portion of code written by Arcangel for the piece “Super Mario Clouds” was also scrawled on both arms….
‘Ridge & Scrase is a Multimedia Drawing and Sonic Art collaboration between Michael Ridge and Elizabeth Scrase. Echoes of Movement is our first public event and both of us will be occupying the Yallops Gallery for the weekend creating new location-responsive works and exhibiting a selection of our recent endeavours. The public are invited to witness and participate in drawing, sound works, impromptu performances and to take away instructional pieces to try themselves’