Archive for March, 2012

Seven Minute Trickle

Saturday, March 24th, 2012

This might make you want to pee. 



The Broken Harmonium

Saturday, March 24th, 2012

One of two tracks looking for a vinyl release as part of a site specific project in Eskdalemuir, Scotland. 

Home Hub, Kettle, Power Adaptor, Microwave

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Using a coil induction mic is a terrifying experience, as you wave it around you can hear all sorts of electrical activity in the air, the walls, from switches, modems, but microwaves in particular are very angry sounding. This is a medley of three typical household objects…

River Doon Eddies

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

One of several field recordings made on Thursday 22nd March 2012 investigating the use of hydrophone recordings for uncovering or rediscovering my local environs. In attempting to listen in different ways of the local landscape, it is hoped that closer links will be forged by the results of different ‘ears’ on the place. 

Broken Piano Demo

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

As my illness entered a fairly sustained and severe phase, I had been looking for ever simpler ways in which to create music in a practical but also metaphorical manner. And so began the relationship between two broken things, myself and the on-it’s-last-legs piano we recycled in Ayr last year.

We’d had it tuned and eased but since our 20 month old was born it has taken a number of hard knocks from him, but perhaps he is just a catalyst with all the hammer-stems eroding. The whole machine is stiff, creaky and fracturing. So that’s the metaphorical bit. The practical bit is me using a portable 8 track recorder, a really cheap but cheerful Tascam DP008 and recording with it because my illness cannot take the wiring and the thinking that goes on behind using my mac as a multitrack recorder. I use the mac instead for finalising. So this recording is the first fairly harsh sounding foray into working with the 8 track and the piano. Only three crudely-mixed tracks, not really mixed cleverly or anything, but made during a very sick week.