Out now on Quagga Curious Sounds is Heatwave: a handmade seven second tape loop inspired by the recent and sweltering heatwave in the UK. Side A is a rough field recording capturing dry grass and vegetation gently rustling in the hot wind stifling wind, side B is a lo-fi drone composition recorded during a level three warning. Each loop is dubbed onto used audio book tape and installed inside a recycled shell. I’ve allowed tiny fragments of the original recordings to seep into mine, consequently each copy will sound slightly different.
Stark B&W art work is printed onto speckled off-white paper, recycled audio book tapes each have a colour label mounted onto the shell. Released in an edition of ten hand-numbered copies.
*Please note: I’ve tested each loop out on several different cassette players and these work fine, however I can’t guarantee they will work on all!*
Out now on the brand new and excellent Perpetual Abjection label is Norfolk Trotter Paramoudra CDr. The sound source for this release derives from several Norfolk flint nodules being rubbed together, delivering a 46 minute tectonic wall, largely static with some shift changes and some rhythmic elements.
The label has done a fantastic job with the packaging/art work: CDr and jewel case monotype-printed with acrylic colour. Three small pebbles are inserted in the jewel case spine. Information printed on craft paper stickers attached on the back of the jewel case, edition of 37 hand-numbered copies.
Please support Perpetual Abjection by purchasing a copy from their Bandcamp!
Just under seven minutes of lo-fi HNW composed from two pieces of contact mic’d coarse sandpaper being rubbed together. No effects or editing used.
Each anti-floppy is labelled with coarse sandpaper, standard playback is not recommended as damage to equipment is very likely. A further piece of sandpaper is provided for listeners to rub the floppy disk against to create their own wall.
Self-released in an edition of six hand-numbered copies.
Zebra Mu “Warm Up / Trash” 3″CDr is out now on Quagga Curious Sounds! Comprising of two live semi-improvised recordings captured in February of stripped back experimental noise, sourced primarily from mic’d up broken gramophone records and my voice.
A rubber stamped 3”CDr is packaged in a slim line DVD case. Each copy features cyan and black artwork printed onto peach coloured paper, an additional insert is printed in red onto yellow paper.
Old Shales is just under six minutes of pummelling lo-fi Harsh Wall Noise crammed onto black recycled floppy disks. Released in an edition of five copies on Floppy Kick’s excellent Eco Series!
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Flux Cass Collab’ is a collaboration with Kommissar Hjuler and Mama Baer (Kommissar Hjuler Und Frau) released as a CDr on their label Der Schöne Hjuler-Memorial-Fond.
The husband and wife duo sent me a track; I reworked this live in my studio through a modified/broken cassette player, circuit bent echo pedal and delay pedal. The result is a warbled, spluttering and occasionally noisy composition!
Coil Spring Works C25 is out now on the excellent and very prolific Altar of Waste Records!
“I’ve been a fan of UK sound artist Michael Ridge for a while now. Relentlessly creative, Michael runs the wonderful label Quagga Curious Sounds, which produces lovely cassettes and odd-format releases that draw from drone, hnw, harsh noise, and participates in numerous projects such as Zebra Mu and Norfolk Trotter.
Coil Spring Works is a beautiful release of yawning, gargantuan drones produced by a simple spring instrument of Michael’s own invention. Truly massive and engulfing, and at times quite lovely and restrained”. (label description)
Released in a limited edition of 10 hand-numbered copies.
Please support the label by purchasing a copy HERE