Performed at the private view of Stretch & Burn, for more information and photos check out the main page for this project HERE

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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

I’m currently in residence within the project space at the wonderful Dove Street Studios, which is hosted by Dyad Creative. As the poster states, a range of sonic and sculptural pieces are being created, many in response to the space, found materials and each other. The result will be a three day public exhibition and brief performance at the private view!

You can follow my progress on Instagram (follow me @michaelridgeart) https://www.instagram.com/michaelridgeart/

Steve Cleary from the Sound and Vision Blog, at the British Library has covered the recent 1″ lathe cut record split with GX Jupitter-Larsen, comparing it to the delightful 34 mm dolls’ house 78 rpm disc in their collection. You can read the full blog post here:

http://blogs.bl.uk/sound-and-vision/2017/12/very-small-records.html

Our split is also now included in the British Library Sound & Moving Image Catalogue too!

“Over the years some strange things landed on my desk, and I don’t mean books or VHS tapes, but those that were labelled ‘records’. There was a time that ‘anti-records’ was the big thing. For once you didn’t need to do music as long as the record was a record, in some conceptual way. Due Process’ ‘Do Nothing’ was a blank piece of vinyl in tribute to Cage’s ‘4’33’ and ‘Do Damage’ by the same outfit, contained hand-carved grooves; cut with scissors. GX Jupitter-Larsen of The Haters took things a bit further with a LP with sand, which you had to pour over the vinyl (or CD, as it was also available as a CD version). Or a shoebox with paper to be torn up; a piece of cotton in a small box to be squeezed. A piece of plastic over which the listener had to pour water. I worked in a record store back then and surely some Haters fans were very upset by what they clearly saw as fraud. Those were the days and they are not likely to return, one should think, perhaps assuming all has been said in that department…..”

You can read the full review by Frans de Ward at Vital Weekly (number 1111, week 51) here:
http://www.vitalweekly.net/1111.html