eM - Djinn

by eM (Michael Bentley)

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This is the first proper Foundry audio release, a full length album following on from a few homemade cassette tapes. I recorded this over a month of late nights in early 1997. I was experimenting with a variety of dismantled electronics gear to produce sounds and using a fairly primitive 4-track cassette recorder to capture the results. I have vivid memories of how excited I was as the tracks came together, playing at clipping bits of wire to the insides of a transistor radio, running feedback loops from toy microphones through analog effects - basically throwing in anything that produced an interesting sound. The result is pretty abstract, I grant you, but takes the listener on a truly unique sonic journey. - Michael Bentley

From the press release:
The music on this release is a venture into the largely unseen world of electromagnetic radiation. Such radiation is all around us, at all times, generated by current running to our lights, televisions, and radios, by our computers, by power lines over the street. EM radiation bounces across the landscape in the form of radio waves, microwaves and light. We take its existence for granted. Without EM radiation we would be not only blind, but deaf, deprived of the medium of so much of our modern communications.

The various electromagnetic radiations often whisper by us like phantoms and never leave a visible trace. Djinn attempts to give a sound to some of these spirits of the material world. By using the EM pulses of computers, radios and other everyday sources we gain an aural window into what usually passes for invisible and silent. The interaction between human musician and nonhuman signal is lively and synchronistic. What will we find in the world of the EM djinn?

Djinn - a short definition: One of a class of beneficent or malevolent spirits that inhabit the earth, that are capable of assuming various forms, and that exercise supernatural power. (Condensed from Webster's Third New International Dictionary, published by G. & C. Merriam Company, Springfield MA)


Reviews:

"...it's nice to know that there are still some electronic experimenters who aren't trying to sound like everybody else." Bill Tilland, Option #79

"Well crafted miniatures noise pieces... it is really a varied mixture of noisy tracks and more calm passages." Frans de Waard, Vital newsletter

credits

released October 1, 1997

All tracks composed by eM/Michael Bentley. ©1997 M. Bentley.

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