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Update

 

After an emergency move from one studio into another plus a gig for Tidal ~ Signal, an all female identified performer mini festival at selectors records I've got everything back in place (sort of, ha) and have put all the peices from my furious recording sessions before the move together and done some fresh recordings to fill in the gaps where necessary.

My peice follows a literal storyline where you first hear the petroleum oozing underground, and as the trucks roll in over head there is a sudden blast of my interpretation of what fracking might sound like as the drill blasts into the earths surface and starts about its business.

Once the petroleum has been extracted the sound of industry kicks in, pun intended, with a simple 4/4 kick which builds as the raw petroleum is transformed into the industrial chemical phenol through a series of chemical changes. First is the hydrolization stage which is represented by a recording of a kettle boiling which has been contact mic'd. Then the gaseous phase where I simply Eq'd noise from a dead channel on one of my reel to reels. Next is the sound of the crystalline phase where I gently broke glass sheets with pliers and contact mic'd the glass to emulate crystal growth.

As the kick drums build in complexity and intensity we hear the final product emerge. Medication, in a pill bottle being played physically in time as an instrument. The images attached represent the contact mic'd pill bottle and the state of my gear after moving twice in one week.