A Manchester-London lock-down special by bassist Otto Willberg & guitarist David Birchall, “exploring certain spaces that are out of touch, maybe forgotten, bypassed, existing on the fringes – ’shadowed spaces'”. Created by sending each other recordings of themselves playing in spaces near to their respective abodes, they melded the material together by revisiting the spaces and playing each of the recordings back to activate each others’ acoustic. The result – like a photo of a murky landscape processed through multiple exposures – is a frothing mudbath of hollers, bellied drones, clattering percussion, creeping voices and caustic vibrations, resonating through streets, tunnels, open spaces and deep into our mind nuggets. David and Otto’s work together in junk-rock/no-wave group Historically Fucked and in various free music settings has showcased their taste for bin rattling improv-flex and obscene humour, but we’re pretty certain they’ve never made anything remotely like this. Music that teeters the line between the banal, the deeply weird and the beautiful. Fans of Peter Brötzmann & Han Bennink’s ‘Schwarzwaldfahrt’, Blood Stereo’s aural slimeballs and Idea Fire Company’s intimate ritualistic melancholia – dig!
We’ve just started a new Research & Development project with Noise Orchestra funded by Innovate UK working with some amazing people to make easy to access spaces for playing together online with Stanfords JackTrip software. Coming later in the project are portable, simple access units with Raspberry Pi’s at the core. Read more about it all here.
I’m on a track of this new double album of improvised masses from Bristophe recorded in Huddersfield at the end of January.