|Oscillatorial Binnage: (l to r) Chris Weaver, Fari Bradley, Dan Wilson, and Toby Clarkson.|
|Acoustic hacking workshop, 2009.|
Miraculous agitations are instances of complex sonic progressions, usually emerging from clustered vibrating objects (see previous blogposts for more explanations). Obtaining these emergent states requires patience, but the probability of such states occurring increases with the size of the apparatus. In 2013, Oscillatorial Binnage spent a week at Maggie Thomas and Bob Drake's Borde Basse studio in the south of France, loaded up with as many salvaged/adapted objects as we could haul. Over the course of our stay, we gradually coaxed elusive 'miraculous' states to emerge from our vibrating apparatuses, not without some grind (Bob, engineering the proceedings, notably had a box of headache tablets on standby).
|Oscillatorial Binnage recording 'Agitations: Post-Electronic Sounds'|
Bob and Maggie's array of microphones captured many moments when our apparatuses would become locked into resonating grooves. The album collects all these instances, recorded entirely acoustically without any electronic processing. These moments - technically known as 'emergence' - are one of the principal advantages post-electronic apparatuses have over electronic synthesiser-based equivalents: the possibility of unexpected sonic events arising from an infinity of real-world physical variables. Another benefit is the economical, recycling aspect: all soundmaking and filtering modules can be found for free.
We're grateful for the recent kind reviews of 'Agitations': "a panorama of hypnotic and metamorphic alterity"... "a sorely needed reminder of the miraculous in the mundane"... "bizarre titillating soundscapes" ... to quote a few. The sonic alchemy was picked up on in Julian Cowley's review in last month's The Wire magazine: "an alchemical transmutation of the routine world".
Since live performances are unlikely under the present conditions, we hope to aerate some special material over the next few months.
'Agitations: Post-Electronic Sounds' is out now on Sub Rosa.
|The supplementary booklet with the CD of Oscillatorial Binnage's 'Agitations: Post-Electronic Sounds'|