An Opening Of The Earth

print image by Peter JackmanMy 1993 duo recording with American sound artist, Michael Northam will be released by Russian label, Faria Records this Winter as “An Opening Of The Earth : Recovered”. The label approached me to reissue the original recordings, but after listening back to the digital captures of the original four track tapes, I suggested that a reworking of the material for this new release could be a more interesting project.

The Faria Records releases come in a nice card folder with 3 postcards. I’ve been working with Michael on the new package, which will use original print images by artist, Peter Jackman, plus reassembled graphics which evoke the style of the previous release. The electro-acoustic improvisations are still loaded with atmosphere and fantastic sonic textures, though somewhat rearranged, tweaked and rebalanced for the new CD. Here’s what Darren Bergstein said in I/E about the original release:

“….excavating the sonic crust with heavy synthesised drones, trebly buzzes and popping bursts of sound……eerie as hell.” 

The masters for this new CD go to the factory in St. Petersburg tomorrow! Here’s a sample of one of the new mixes:

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Vibrations from the Motherland

Vibration from the Motherland CD coverI made a mix for this interesting project a while back, recombining original South African music in an electronic context. The compilation album, produced by Alan Gubby, “Music With No Name Vol 3 – Vibrations Fom The Motherland” has just been released on Compact Disc by the Melt2000 label.

The track I contributed under my Codetripper alias, uses the original audio from “Kiyaka Bambuta” by Madosini, though it appears in a rather edited form on the CD, done by the sound of it, by someone with no conception of bars or other musical niceties. I hate to think what it sounds like to anyone familiar with the original song though.

Here’s a version of the track in it’s original form:

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Sound Maps

digital print with cable and headphonesI participated in a cool project organised by some local artists, under the name ReOrsa recently. The project took over two vacant shop units and ten empty shop windows in Bracknell Town Centre, transforming them into temporary gallery spaces for two weeks. The whole project was done without any core funding support and was organised collectively by the exhibiting artists.

I showed one of the sound map pieces that I’m planning on developing further over the Winter months.

We held a group discussion in one of the spaces after the opening, with a group of exhibiting artists, which I edited into an episode of the Gene Pool Podcast.