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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!*

£4.30 (UK)
£6.55 (Europe)
£7.30 (Worldwide)
PayPal/contact: mike-ridge[AT]hotmail.co.uk

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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.

SOLD OUT

 

Rough Sound Walk Loops is featured on the digital compilation Off Track, released by Esc.rec. (bundled with the 4 CD box)

Each contributing artist was given original recordings to rework from four sound walks conducted by sound artist Jeroen Diepenmaat at Keizersrande, Netherlands. The 4 CD box is also the source material for the tracks on Off Track, which is included in the purchase as a download.

For the press release and purchase/download:

https://escrec.bandcamp.com/album/off-track
http://www.escrec.com/6801


 

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.