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Filler Material / White Lines is an exclusive new 10” anti-record created from smashed and reassembled fragments of 78 RPM gramophone records. The fragments were sourced from the aftermath of the sound art performance Smashing 78 78 RPM Records, created earlier this year. Each record fragment was meticulously selected to fit as close together as possible, then glued onto a duct taped 10” record; any gaps between fragments were filled with plaster. Though the plaster has been smoothed down to some degree, it is still intentionally textured for exciting sonic possibilities.
Playback is doable (and quite fun!), there is however the risk it could damage your equipment. Due to this an accompanying 3”CDr is provided, it contains a live recording of each anti-record being played in my studio.

A unique rubber-stamped centre label is mounted onto every anti-record, B&W and colour folded paper insert/art work is included. The 3”CDr is rubber-stamped and packaged in a B&W folded paper insert. Released in an edition of five hand-numbered copies.

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**Please note: due to the weight of the anti-record postage is a lot more than usual**

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Out now on Quagga Curious Sounds is the fourth instalment in the Misc Loops series: 25 minutes of hazy lo-fi ambient music loops interspersed with cryptic spoken word loops. Your true love will evaporate.

Recycled black audiobook cassettes feature a colour label mounted onto one side of the shell. Colour artwork is printed onto folded white card and packaged in a clear zip lock bag, an additional paper insert is also included. Released in an edition of 15 hand-numbered copies, you can purchase a copy via PayPal:

£4.10 (UK)
£6.35 (Europe)
£7.10 (Worldwide)
PayPal/contact: mike-ridge[AT]hotmail.co.uk

 

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!*

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I was kindly invited by the worldwide experimental music and street art collective A NEW HAI to contribute a street recording to the online compilation A​.​N​.​H. Outdoors Vol 1.

My street recording captures the glorious Anglia Square shopping centre, located to the north of Norwich city centre on a busy Friday afternoon.

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.

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