A very familiar journey. Two locations, Lisbon and Seixal. A river in between. A ferry crossing. A journey between north and south of the greater city of Lisbon in Portugal. These are the premises that envelope the project.
The project results from a detailed exploration of timbres and rhythms using various field recording techniques. The result takes the listener on a journey between metal, water, and time.
This edition also includes two collaborations between Matilde and Tone Burst. A silk print printed by Galdéria in Caldas da Rainha (Portugal), and a short audio/visual element—Follow the water. The silk print is a graphic exploration of the project’s useful constraints, while the audio/visual element is a conversation between Matilde, Phil and Barry using recordings of water from the various locations where each one of us was based: Lisbon, Munich and Belfast.
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.
Lorrol is a collection of wanderings & sketches recorded in Munich, Germany between January and April 2020, primarily made using Lorre Mill instruments (LOR) and Sigil Instruments’ xRollz (ROL). (xRollz is a wooden bananafied version of the Ellitone Instruments UltraRollz Farm-Detective which uses the Rolls & Ultrasound circuits by Ciat-Lonbarde/Peter Blasser.)
The Lorrol project was heavily inspired by Allieways’ Double Knot videos and her ideas of symmetrical patching & cross clocking techniques.
To continue the theme of symmetry throughout the project, palindromes were selected as track titles that best suited the overall sound and mood of each track. The idea of symmetry is also reflected through all of the artwork.
In total 42 tracks had been recorded over the 4 months. During a following period of reflection and listening some of these were combined to form something new, while some others were slightly edited and, with the aid of BJC, were curated into a collection of 18.
BJCs’ first listen track notes for the chosen 18 were as follows;
listening / sequencing notes BC 280620
(14) So Lost Solos – harmonium/reed drone fun – naive melody – folk lush, Side A opening track? (9) Ton Tut Not – crunch klick intro drone – then bass melody rhythm bumps – then hi quick tumbles – hi crystal stereo lead vocal style synth (17) So Many Dynamos – dusty intro – free jazz perk + dancing hi melody (18dk) Tattarrattat – liquid noise / chords – fuzzy drone + twinkle – driven notes, resolves well (13) Lorrol – TITLE track – melodic soundtrack – squelches high in the mix? lots of variation and shifts in the pulse – lovely pause before low-mid groan + more percussion (1dk_29_3ni) Baue Neu Ab – slow build – surprising lump near end before delays (12) Poppoppop – marbles / popcorn – baby shrimp playing in bumper cars, can be edited a little shorter? (20) Rotator- shuffling dust – warm chord slow – arp frags – animated bleep/swoon (2dk) Never Odd Or Even – glacial intro / squirts / stereo wide split / creeps flutters
(16) Legovogel – grainy bed with fizz + beep – (6_25_3dk) Kelek – dark ripper intro – switch to deft quirk beat, START SIDE B? (27_23) If I Had A HiFi – dry splat per / slow drone build / morse + grind pitched (10) Toot – mod drone + morse – confrontationally flat – hi noise melodic support compliment – unfinished? (33) Radar – fuzz blast willow modulations / panic tension / HOT / abrupt end (22) Murdrum – stereo swarm / juggle frag / tone blip / bell like vibes (21) Nie Setzt Es Ein – warm wobble drone / ripklix / slopulses / note changes (32_35_1) Don’t Nod – granular trickle / sad whale / screw pops / Kik SNARE snap / bass twizt / soft key arp dances + knot mangles / (4) KinnikKinnik – hi whizz to bounce per staccato / some close to DOOF, stereo synth work pleasing / soothes contrast to firm percussion – EurAsia folktronics – shepard song for the watcher of electric sheep
Companion Boxes and Companion Blocks are circuit bent DIY electronic musical instruments. They are the product of practicing hardware remixing. In this exercise; circuits designed to process signals have been transformed into signal generators.
The sounds they make depend on the circuit that is used. The devices made and used on this recording are based on multi-effects processors by the Zoom company.
Companion Boxes are enclosed in VHS cassette tape boxes. Each uses feedback as their core method of sound generation. Some have extra points of interest made available to increase the tonal variety available to the performer.
Companion Blocks are enclosed in hollowed out wood (salvaged 2×6 timber offcuts) with a plastic control surface. Blocks also use feedback to create sound. All blocks have points of interest added to the surface for creating more tones. Blocks also contain an amplifier and speaker and can be powered by 9v battery, making them portable.
Each of the studies presented here demonstrate the range of tones and textures that can be created by the instruments. All sounds are created by the Boxes & Blocks. Effects were avoided*. The only studio manipulation of the direct-to-disk audio recordings was to adjust volumes and movement in the stereo field.
The aim is to encourage others to create their own hardware remixes, circuit bent instruments and feedback systems. A guide has been produced to assist other makers.
Toneburst wishes to publish sound creations made by other makers.
*Traces of copycat echo appear on track A1 – Industrial Chemistry Newton