Got a few copies of this new cassette by myself and Lawrence English as Holy Family. Fairly punishing synth action recorded mostly when I was down in Australia in 2010/11 after our tour there with Tujiko Noriko. Part of one track also recorded at Noriko’s place in Paris in April 2010.
£5 + postage if you want one. Also available at upcoming concerts whilst stocks last.
This LP collects two different pieces recorded in December 2010 and sometime in 2009 – both offering different fields of surface stasis/hidden activity…
The first, ‘Automatic Music for Erik Griswold’ was recorded in Bundaberg, Australia using a ‘Eurorack’ modular synthesiser plugged into a borrowed guitar amplifier. It was made in preparation for a concert in Osaka in January 2011 organised by Tetsuya Umeda and was an experiment in using the synthesiser without any external controller (I’d just been touring with Tujiko Noriko and Lawrence English and had grown accustomed to playing the synth with a Roland SH101 as keyboard/sequencer). It is named for Erik Griswold, a pianist living in Brisbane, Australia, whose exceptional ‘Wallpaper Music’ recording was part inspiration for this work.
The second side is the older piece. Recorded at home in London, UK using two reed organs (one Hohner, one Busilaccio) and recorded to an Akai GX4000D 1/4? reel-to-reel. This is my homage to the lineage of pieces focussed on frequency beating cycles that most actively crossed my radar with Jim O’Rourke’s ‘Two Organs’. Jokingly a ‘cover’ of said piece, the working title for the recording was ‘Biting The O’Rourke That Feeds’ before I later settled on nicking the title of a rather lovely upbeat Tenniscoats song as a sly nod to the seasonly themed (and vastly superior) records of my good friend and ongoing inspiration Lawrence English who mastered the record and to whom I owe many ongoing thanks…
Pressed in an edition of 110 LPs with a two colour screenprint sleeve made from archival grade photokraft paper using a drawing by Marcus Cope.
this one is for the gold, all the way and all the time. holy family is the modular synth duo of lawrence english and john chantler (room40 extraordinaires). and you know what’s coming. it opens onto a putrid, rotting corpse hanging from the bedchamber. chantler & english aren’t fuckign around. their synths sound like they’re dying, every note stretched to the point of breaking oscillating into the ground. this is not child’s play.
before you know it your blood stops flowing, turned into a molasses. faint echoes try to scratch their way to the surface, totally buried alive. every so often you think you hear a melody whirring from behind, but everything gets swallowed back down into this deep, dark pit. intense. incredible. edition of 125.