2nd day of electromagnet recordings for LRM show

Another interesting day exploring the few hundred metres surrounding the People’s History Museum in Manchester using a pickup as a listening device. This is for a piece of sound work with accompanying map that I’m preparing for an exhibition curated by the Loiterer’s Resistance Movement at the PHM opening on 23rd July. See more here http://www.thelrm.org

The sound clip above is of the most interested thing discovered today; recording outside the Nat West in Spinningfields; super high end drone generated by who knows what wifi or security signal but interestingly its accompanied by internet office work sounds/conversation. Wondering if this is being transferred by radio or CCTV signal somehow? Even could be that the higher sound is a carrier frequency for whatever electronic signal is making the office sounds audible. Or completely unrelated.

The other interesting discovery (perhaps not surprisingly) is that there is a huge huge voltage present on the corner of Bridge St and St Mary’s Parsonage just behind the Tax Office. Very pleasing massive low ground/high voltage hum and then a much higher frequency modulation patterned trigger at regular internals.

Here’s the map shaping upScreen Shot 2016-06-28 at 17.00.16

 

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Tram Music

Had this piece floating around in the “archive” for ages. Its based on some electromagnet recordings I made on the trams between Wythenshawe and Chorlton when I was working on the Echo Trace project with Andrea Pazos for Brighter Sound last May. For the basic idea of how to do this/how it works and a million other amazing projects check out Nick Collins’ Handmade Electronic Music. Later I added several layers of tuned guitar feedback and mixed these with the modulating tram tone signal picked up the electromagnets. I’m going to be working on a new project involving this process in June and July; more on this soon.