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 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!
An interview on my various creative endeavours is featured in the latest issue of Dialtone Aggressor Zine, available to purchase via the Forever Escaping Boredom 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.
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!
For further information from the label, please visit (UPDATE: SOLD OUT):
Misc Loops #3 recycled s/sided CS is out not on Quagga Curious Sounds, limited to just 15 hand-numbered copies!
The third tape in the Misc Loops series, this one comprises of a 20 minute composition of meditative tape loop exploration; weaving together lo-fi ambient music, background noise and subtle bird song recordings.
Recycled black audio book cassette features a colour label mounted onto the shell. Colour artwork is printed onto white paper and packaged in either clear or grey tape shells.