Label: Gameboy Records - GB35 • Format: CD • Country: US • Genre: Electronic • Style: Abstract, Noise, Experimental
Crippled Intellect Productions CD reviews. It comprises 60 minutes of mostly restrained musique concrete, field recordings, and electroacoustic music carefully composed from the sounds of old manual typewriters, hinges, metal, feedback, and other common and uncommon objects.
Unlike previous Brutum Fulmen albums, this one does not indulge in walls of harsh noise at any point and is rather quiet overall. First track recorded when I started working on this album. Most of the sound is from the manual typewriters, though that's completely unrecognizable for the most part. A couple little sounds are from a recording of feedback created with an old style vacuum tube guitar amp, contributed by Anthony D Manual typewriter. Metal shelving. Garage door spring.
Scrap metal. Fast-forwarded DAT of live performance. Since I'd decided to do it with plastic forks, I was unable to get any sustained tones. Or any of the tonality. So the end result is really not all that similar. One of my personal favorite tracks on the album. I really like the quiet little squiggly sounds that come in after about the first minute. These sounds were also from the plastic forks, with a bit more manipulation. The sparkly sounds that blend into these came from the fast-forwarded DAT of Brutum Fulmen / Dan Bodah / Noumena - Massachusetts live Brutum Fulmen show, though I'm not really sure what the original sound was that caused this.
Yet another typewriter piece, but with a very different sound than the others. This is another of my favorites. An unretouched field recording of me "playing" a campfire with a large Brutum Fulmen / Dan Bodah / Noumena - Massachusetts tank of water.
Totally unreal - cursorMiner* - rawMaterial closely to hear insects, humming, tent zippers, boiling puddles of water, the high pitched whine of moisture escaping burning wood, a nearby stream, and a jet plane high overhead. I had intended to just use this recording as source material for something else.
But I thought it had a nice flow, and since some of the best sounds are so delicate and intertwined with the rest that I thought it would be best to leave it untouched. For Brutum Fulmen / Dan Bodah / Noumena - Massachusetts Brutum Fulmen trivia buffs That's Linda humming. I had wanted to capture just the fire and natural ambience, but now I'm not unhappy to have these additional artifacts.
Ken half of the Brutum Fulmen live show is sitting quietly watching me douse the fire. Tristan is sleeping. I met Tore H.
I quickly lost that copy but through the magic of the internet I was able to find a person in the UK willing to mail me his copy. His had already been mailed to him with no jacket, presumably from Tore in Norway. He glued stamps to it and mailed it to me, and in a separate package he sent a world map to track the travels of the record.
After recording the vinyl, I added a new leg to the map's path and sent it to someone in California. Hopefully that record is still enjoying its journey through the world's postal systems. The rest of the time a single The Hitman - Various - Issue 13 or rumbling, or rustling sound is apparent. In some cases I tried to clean up the record scratches in the sound, other times I kept or amplified them.
This is a longer, different version of the "Spore" that will appear on Tore's compilation. Vacuum tube amp feedback provided by D, primarily a single 4.
The second remix track on this album. Anthony D sent me some very interesting, but mostly harsh, sounding feedback that he got from his vacuum tube guitar amp. This is a gentler and longer version of that piece. Refrigerator door hinge. Manual typewriters. Broken music box in a cardboard Christmas tree. Aluminum radiator innards. PVC pipes, metal pipes and scraps on concrete floor in the large underground vault of an unfinished sewer pumping station.
Sheet metal. Squeaky floorboards. Mic fumbling. Some other sequences were salvaged from a few less successful pieces that I originally put together for compilations. It's not harsh noise, but is one of the more abrasive pieces on the album. Computer data files converted into audio files. I left the edges of the clips unsmoothed, so there is a pop every time one begins or ends. I hadn't originally planned to use the piece on this album, but thought it fit in with the dark atmosphere of some of the other pieces.
Gravitation (Mode Mix) - Debexx - Gravitation recordings of: traffic, trucks backing up, and birds near a highway. Material from a live Brutum Fulmen radio performance including: DJ introduction, feedback, metal shelves, and music box.
I threw a rough version of this together in a few particularly fruitful hours one Sunday, but didn't intend to use it mainly because of the uncharacteristic "song" part at the end Concertante: Andante Grazioso - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Louis Martin, Orchestre Des Solistes De Par to the music box.
However I played it for Ken and he thought it worked well, so I put some more time into it and now I'm very happy with it. I think it has a Brutum Fulmen / Dan Bodah / Noumena - Massachusetts half-dreamy, bittersweet feel that ends the album well.
Since it's in the public domain Elvis, the music box maker, and I all get away with using the melody without any royalty concerns. Brutum Fulmen news. Lake of Sleep Manual typewriters. Vacuum tube amp feedback. Haunted Space 50 plastic forks. Moisture Manual Typewriters. The Fire and the Water Jug An unretouched field recording of me "playing" a campfire with a large plastic tank of water.
Spore Stamps glued directly to 10" vinyl album. Vinyl mailed from Europe to US without any covering. I recorded the damaged record for source material. I added new stamps and mailed it to a new listener. Anaerobe Vacuum tube amp feedback provided by D, primarily a single 4. Pickle Mutation Refrigerator door hinge. Mourn Computer data files converted into audio files. Lake of Dreams Field recordings of: traffic, trucks backing up, and birds near a highway.
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