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october 17th, 2005
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june 2nd, 2005
|bandophone (usa) #band 001 cd|
john roach “songs of the highlands” compact disc recordable
- converted to an airfield
- carbon fibre
- makers of tin boxes
- later developments
- introduction of steel shafts
- lone ailsa craig
|iíve gotten to know john a little bit through our chats on the interweb, where heís proven himself a bottomless pit of knowledge re: the various musical uber-undergrounds. this is the first edition of his own music thatís been available, a fact that now, listening to the disc, has me wondering why its taken so long!|
the edition itself (which, incidentally, comes as a printed cdr inside a two-tone metallic printed sleeve which is housed alongside a one pound lead block embossed with the words ďhighlands for kbĒ and a roman numeral denoting which copy you have!) is very nice, but for me itís all about the music, amazing in and of itself, irregardless of the edition... itís hard to describe what this sounds like without resorting to euphemism... so iíll give it a shot. personally i hear the din of thousands of resounding geese in transit overhead, the roaring of ghost winds, the aged creaking of an old shipyard... the music certainly inhabits the same space as all of that early electronic bidnazz iím always going on about here; not an easy thing to do given contemporary music-production equipment, a point that makes the mysterious qualities of the sound(s) so much more powerful.
reference points (and you know how much i hate to use these but theyíre apt) are the wind-tunnel dynmic of david jackmanís organum project, the wasted string scrabblings of tony conrad et.al, the electric buzz of mev, the long-strings of ellen fullman and paul panhuysen; all things i hold dear. this is a grand statement, fully formed, and should be investigated post haste...
|bandophone press release...|
songs of the highlands
cdr release packaged with a 1/8" lead sheet.
with hand-punched lettering and edition number.
all of the sounds heard on songs of the highlands were generated with an instrument called the scotchbox, one of my many sound sculptures / instruments. the scotchbox consists of a tin box strung with rubber bands and amplified via two piezo pickups. the bands are bowed with plastic and metal rods and plucked and caressed with motors to create an expansive array of tones and timbres. songs of the highlands aspires (as with all of my work in installation, sculpture, video and audio) to transform ordinary objects into new, unexpected and active entities. even the enigmatic titles of the pieces on this cd are culled from the copy printed on the tin box which originally housed a bottle of glenlivet scotch. when paired with the sounds heard here, titles such as "converted to an airfield", "introduction of steel shafts" and "lone ailsa craig" take on a new life far different that their original commercial context.