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:
Our split is also now included in the British Library Sound & Moving Image Catalogue too!
An unreleased field recording Thetford Forest Park (Near RAF Lakenheath) is featured on this year’s Linear Obsessional Recordings open access compilation A View From a Hill. The compilation, which is loosely themed around the landscape/countryside comprises of 105 two minute tracks and huge PDF booklet, best of all it is free to DOWNLOAD!
Curated by David Little (smallhaus: https://smallhaus.bandcamp.com/).
The current spell of freezing weather in the UK has provided the opportunity for fun sub-zero field recording! Ice Cracking Under Foot was captured whilst walking over a large frozen puddle near our house, recorded 09/12/2017 with a Zoom H4n.
Likely to be one of the smallest lathe cut records ever released! GX and I each recorded an exclusive eight second composition for this project. GX contributed a spoken word piece, whilst I contrasted this with an experimental noise/drone work.
Each clear 1” lathe cut is nestled in a clear PVC coin wallet, with fold-out artwork printed in blue ink onto yellow paper. Every copy comes in a 2” x 2.8” grey drawstring velvet bag, complete with a shrunken QCS promo flyer. Edition of 110 hand-numbered copies (the largest ever edition number on Quagga Curious Sounds!).
Depending on where you live, prices are (GBP):
**PLEASE BE AWARE** This is a handmade and extremely experimental lathe cut record, expect it to be monstrously lo-fi and VERY challenging to play…. HAVE FUN!