I’m excited to announce two floppy disk video/sound works Floppy Friction (Performance for Two Floppy Disks and Contact Microphone) and Floppy Destruction (Performance for One Floppy Disk and Contact Microphone) are included in Floppy Totaal – Double Density on 19 October at Varia (Gouwstraat 3, Rotterdam). Inspired by the works of John Cage and Alvin Lucier, both videos reveal the physicality and compression limits of this humble disk storage medium.

“The emphasis of this evening lies on the concept of the floppy disk as comfort food in a “future/present shocked” digital age. In what way does working with floppy disks help us cope in a time preoccupied with “new” media and planned obsolescence? Does the floppy disk hold more content than just 1,44 MB of data? Join us to find out!”

For further information please visit:
www.floppytotaal.org/
https://varia.zone/floppy-totaal-DD.html (in Dutch)

A sound and anti-record/mail art piece is included in this wonderful group exhibition inspired by the work of Kurt Schwitters, for many years a huge influence on my practice. The exhibition is curated by freelance artist and author Astrid Jahns.

You can listen to Low-Fi Merz Voice Collage here (third track down):
https://www.astridjahns.de/mail-art-projekt.html

Merz Bird (anti-record/mail art piece) is documented here:
https://michaelridge.wordpress.com/anti-record-archive/#jp-carousel-4255

Día. – Raum für Automedialität, Kötnerholzweg 13, 30451 Hannover, Germany, 15 September – 20 October.

Dadada anti-CDr/mail art object is included in the Dada/fluXus/MailArt Exhibition at Exit11 Contemporary Art Gallery, rue de Petit-Leez 129, 5031 Grand-Leez, Namur, Belgium. It is open to the public 8:00-17:00, between 15 September – 15 October.

You can check out my piece and others in the online catalogue:
https://dadafluxusmailart.blogspot.com/search/label/Great%20Britain

For further information on the gallery please visit:
http://exit11.be/infos%20%26%20contact.html

Quagga Curious Sounds

QCS_127 Michael Ridge “Padlock Loop” Anti Tape Loop & C18 (edition of 10)

Presenting my latest tape loop / anti-cassette project!

Padlock Loop consists of a five second tape loop and C18 reel of tape mounted in an all clear screwed cassette shell. A heavy-duty padlock is fastened onto the supply reel, a key is provided: however, this is wedged inside the cassette shell making playback initially impossible. Playing the loop requires listeners to unscrew the cassette shell, remove the key then reassemble the cassette without the padlock attached. The C18 reel can either be mounted into another cassette shell or utilise the existing one with the tape loop removed.

The loop and C18 reel contain recordings sourced directly from one of the padlocks; utilising a contact microphone to capture the various metallic scraps, clicks and clunks when used.

All information is printed onto a small transparent acetate sheet. Tools…

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I’m delighted to present a Norfolk Trotter split with DNW project Eugene Critchley (from the talented and prolific Cory Strand).

“NT’s side is some extremely caustic, yet mesmerizing, mid-heavy HNW that goes through a vast array of subtle changes over its 30 minute runtime.
EC’s side serve’s up the project’s bleak wallcraft, utilizing a variety of samples and sound sources.

Released in a limited edition of 11 copies. Packaged in a fold-over cardstock cover, printed on four different colours of stock (white, blue, red, orange.) Artwork and layout is a collaboration between Michael and myself”.

Please support Cory by purchasing a copy (it can also be streamed in its entirety on Bandcamp):
http://altarofwasterecords.storenvy.com/collections/99066-all-products/products/28612418-norfolk-trotter-eugene-critchley-split-c60-self-released