This simple and fun (!) experimental instrument is fabricated from 15 recycled torch springs attached to the lid of an unwanted wooden box, a small contact microphone is secured underneath.
Plucking, rubbing and gently hitting as well as using handheld fan on the Springbox generates an exciting range of sounds to experiment with. In the video a Boss DD-3 Delay Pedal was also used (not shown on screen) to subtly manipulate the sounds in real-time.
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!
Relaxation Techniques is a four-minute composition built around two microcassette loops simultaneously playing two recordings from a metal singing bowl. A lo-fi, minimal and (in my opinion) relaxing work. The compressed and limited frequency response of the microcassette is an enjoyable aspect of the format, compressing down the file further for floppy disk creates new, and intriguing sonic possibilities.
Every recycled disk is packaged in a folded brown A5 envelope with B&W art work (printed onto peach coloured paper) mounted onto each one. An additional blue paper insert accompanies each labelled floppy disk.
Self-released in an edition of 12 hand-numbered copies.
This short demo video depicts two microcassette loops playing pre-recorded sounds from gently striking a small metal singing bowl. Both loops are playing through an inexpensive delay pedal (Donner Yellow Fall), connected to a Marshall MS-2C amp.
The distinctly lo-fi sound quality of the format is one I enjoy working with, also the ability to switch 2.4 cm/s and 1.2 cm/s playing speeds which is experimented with in the video.
Rough Parts features just over a minute of experimental circuit bent noise tomfoolery on black recycled floppy disks. Released in an edition of five hand-numbered copies exclusively on Floppy Kick’s Eco Series!
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A 7.5 second tape loop containing the crunchy and satisfying sound of walking on gravel. Gravel fragments are mounted inside the clear tape shell as guide rollers, the more it’s played the more damaged the magnetic tape gets. Gravel destroying the sound of gravel.
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!