New youtube EP showing a first exploration of straight to guitar pickup to metal sounds. Recorded straight into the recorder on headphones; using an extremity of volume and zero overdrive (an unusual feature for me!) to make the small interesting elements audible. This is part of a longer piece of research looking at ways to generate sound from pickups. The main approaches so far are using interference in the electromagnetic to generate sounds and using non-traditional methods of string playing as you hear here.
New release from one of my favourite quartets to work with. These are takes from an epic session in Stockport last winter with Sam Weaver at the helm.
I still have some copies here of the tape released by Sound Holes of myself, Javier Saso and Nicolas Dobson. Its material drawn from a session at Brazil Studios recorded just outside Madrid on the day before a gig there together in February of this year. Only £3 email to davidmbirchallatgmail.com for a post quote.
Pleased to announce that DRK MATTA have released a digital recording of the new set up I’ve been working with recently; pickups, light sources, motorised fans and objects. Its a binaural recording made by Jason Singh on the top floor of the Hotspur Press building in Manchester.
A series of improvisations exploring the objects I use as preparations with the guitar and pickups. I was interested to see if there was a way to see the spatial relations between these things giving rise to things that could be developed further as score based systems. Watching back it became clear that in fact there was some possibility for extracting this from it but perhaps this wasn’t the most interesting thing happening. In the end I found I was thinking more about sound, space and performative qualities of objects in improvisations which fed into new work with a pickupsnaredrumoscillator setup I have been developing rather than the original score making idea.
Audience eyeview film of the final performance we did for 50 Steps in April this year.
“Final performance of a cross-artform dance project celebrating the Pennine Way in its 50th anniversary year. With Stacey Johnstone, Ruth Jones, Natalie Speake (performers), David Birchall (musician) and Simon Warner (videographer)
Square Chapel Centre for the Arts, Halifax. April 2016
Project supported by Arts Council England
Film by Elizabeth Patrick”