BJC – Documenting & Digging

The latest TONEBURST release is available.

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Follow Suit Part 2 of 4 – Spades

Digging through almost 20 years of previously unheard documents.
A Barry Joseph Cullen Retrospective.

The title is inspired by Seamus Heaney’s poem Digging.
What we do, how we make.
The value of an archive, the power of reflection.
History is never truly past, its ability to influence us continues to be felt in the present.

Original:
“Between my finger and my thumb
The squat pen rests.
I’ll dig with it.”

Remix:
“Between my finger and my thumb
The soldering iron rests.
I’ll make with it.”

A – 190614 edit
Live recording from a week-long mini festival at PS2 gallery, Belfast. Round Buttons Square Tones co-curated with Min Hyong Kim. An instrument/system was built using reclaimed metal dishes, solenoids activated by a 555 timer circuit (taken from D. Holzer’s Tonewheels project) with piezo transducers fed into DIY distortion effects; Fuzz Face, Tone Bender MKII, Little Big Muff. A short performance gaining complexity & intensity.

2 – 240419 04 edit
One of several takes. An improvisation using DIY eurorack modules.
Learning to use Turing Machine through play. VCFs as generators and LFOs as clocks & modulators.
Swaying from melodic to dissonant and back.

3 – guitar tuner bow fan eavesdropping (outro edit v1)
This piece was made by combining a number of materials that were available for play at the time. An early example of ‘Drone’ in my practice. The guitar was still central to my instrumentation but extended approaches were becoming more important. The guitar was later stolen in a burglary and attention turned to other methods of making music.

4 – 3KFCN able v2
A short study showing the 3KFCN circuit as a feedback tone generator.
A multi track recording with tuning by ear. A stack of improvisation. Slow.
The result of cumulative play and listening practice.

5 – newton’s cat
One of several pieces made using the Newton’s 12 Mins Companion Box with a Copycat tape echo.
Noise bursts and rhythm created by layering improvisations. No editing was required.

6 – moving 1 improv
One of several recordings made exploring Jasuto Pro, an iPhone app which facilitates dynamic tone play via gesture. A synth patch for live manipulation, to facilitate a new performance routine. This recording was captured from rehearsals for a performance using bass guitar through multiple DIY fuzz boxes (M.I.A).

7 – newt FKE mod v1
Companion Box (Newton’s 12 Mins) and Koma Field Kit Effects.
Improvisation around a patch made to test & learn the Field Kit’s capabilities.

8 – broken lights
This was made after remixing a reactive & generative AV software patch I made during my MA studies at SARC. I was living in Al Khuwair in Muscat. The neighbourhood was well lit. I found a few flickering electric lights. I took short videos and made a silent video composition; a grid of nine loops. The video triggered sine waves in max/msp/jitter. An array of frequencies depending on a previous monochrome frame difference. This is a response. There was a lack of electronic music in the location. I made my own.

9 – sarc fender contact mic
Waiting in a practice room with band hardware. Instead of browsing on my phone, I used what was available to do creative work. Contact mic, bass amp and a portable recorder. The routine was to slowly change each EQ knob from high to low.

10 – Bent 4.5v B&W Companions & Ellie 7
This piece is one of a number of improvised pieces recorded with a set up including two Companion Boxes (Black & White), a circuit bent instrument containing a number of rewired sound effect makers and a Comet filter, Ellitone multi-synth and looper pedal. Routine of setting a start loop and improvising.

J – Texture Test 261017 02
Using Resolume to animate an audio arrangement. Dancing fragments of workshop test signals.

Q – CNTRL RM CNC v31
This piece was made from field recordings made in the control room at SARC.
This track uses the sound of a CNC machine cutting the edges of a PCB.
The recording was edited and arranged using Avenue.
The resulting audio sounds a little like a cello ensemble.

Joker – Stockhausen tells us to go to the studio 3 may 2004 @ opening concert at SARC Belfast. 

Toneburst announcement – Follow Suit

The first of a 4 part series entitled ‘Follow Suit’ will be released tomorrow. Themed around a deck of cards, each part will be released on cassette and will come with one suit of cards, all housed in a playing cards style box. So for any completists among you, you’ll have a full deck if you collect all 4. If you aren’t yet familiar with our artefacts and objects our usual merch disclaimer applies.
‘Each item is assembled by hand. The mark of the maker can be found on the surface of the items, showing the efforts to manipulate materials and minimise waste. For us, an imperfect artefact for sale is preferable to a usable flaw in the dump.’

Part 1 is ‘Winter Pines‘ by Chromadots and tells a story of Hearts. 
‘Storytelling Sonics. A time documented. Dictated by situation & location. Led by emotion. A long story. Not the record that was planned but a lesson in allowing music to “grow and thrive”, organically. Learning and accepting that this was the only record possible. Unpopular Love Songs.’

Winter Pines will be available tomorrow at 3pm GMT.
Thanks You

Phil & Barry

TONEBURST

Fringe Tones #40

BJC – ravenhill neighbours trivial pursuit
Sam Gendel – P&P
IS a fISh – Lowrag March
Wreaths – Golden Threads From Riven Rot
BJC – Cross TV pc radio 1
Subfusc – Boxed In
Richard Dawson – Felon
fallgatter – CV_Tape
squarepusher – Conc 2 Symmetriac
dulcidrone – Gauze Like
oren ambarchi – Passage
BJC – Cross frying lid on off
Wodorosty – A little lightning bathes in the green eye
Hannah Peel – Wind Shadow
Hainbach – Die Wahl
Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders & The London Symphony Orchestra – Movement 1
Mark Tester – Vibe In
Green-House – Soft Meadow
Sam Gendel and Sam Wilkes – IRISH
chromadots – Lone Ear

Fringe Tones can be heard online Mon-Fri 21:00-22:00

https://www.qub.ac.uk/sarc/sarcradio/

Dulcidrone – Úath (second pressing)

A second pressing (10 copies) of ‘Úath’ by Dulcidrone is now available through toneburst.

https://toneburst.bandcamp.com/

2nd press black cassette. Die cut cover with 2 inserts ( 1x print / 1x black) & 2 vinyl stickers. Comes with a cloth bound, hand stitched mini book all housed in a custom made matchbox. Includes 10 matches.

Each item is assembled by hand. The mark of the maker can be found on the surface of the items, showing the efforts to manipulate materials and minimise waste. For us, an imperfect artefact for sale is preferable to a usable flaw in the dump.

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A meeting of folk and electronics, the concrete and the temporary, the old and the new. Celebrating the worlds alongside our own, and the tales lost unless spoken. Ruins and nature hold the lore of the land, and these can be formed in sound, past and present. Circular.

Words by Eddie Lenihan, Steve Oldale, James Boyce & from Fairy Folklore of County Clare.

first released October 2, 2020

second edition released April 2, 2021

Fringe Tones #39

Saul Rayson – bent danelectro delay
Mark Fell – on work
Mitxela – slide whistle 02 Dragon roost island
boop e – KASTLE v1.5 #14
Jem Finer – Score for a hole in the ground (clip)
Vile Creature – Glory, Glory! Apathy Took Helm!
decadebridge – o.5
Samuel Edmund – Long Before The End
Tapes and Topographies – Tape Unwound
Noctopolis – A Year Ending
Katie Gerardine O’Neill – Key in Door
r beny – lupine
Frond – No Fate
Sitar Outreach Ministry – I Love You, Mary Jane
Ekin Fil – To Be
Aria Rostami & Daniel Blomquist – The Sloping Tower
Molina Carmen – Villain
Will Samson – A Baleia
Guybrush – Observing through the eyes of your father
BEING – QUIETRAIN
Lisa Lerkenfeldt – In A Room Clouded By Smoke
Machinefabriek & Berlinde Deman – Luchtwezen
Jez riley French – copenhagen gate (locked groove)