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Pickup coil attached to digital audio recorder.

A short time back I was reading an article about using a telephone pickup coil to record EMFs created by everyday electrical devices.  The article on the Radium Audio Labs blog comes from the brilliant sound designers over at Radium Audio and if you haven’t checked out their award winning work I suggest you do for instant inspiration.

I wasted no time in locating and ordering a telephone pickup coil for next to nothing to make my own recordings. Walking around my place I quickly found a half dozen electrical appliances to try it out on.

It’s also interesting to note that while a pickup coil can record usually unheard EMFs it is equally capable of recording the EMFs of stereo speakers only without the background noise associated with regular microphones. I discovered the latter recording method lends a certain thin sound to music and voice while recording my alarm clock radio.

I have compiled a short example of the sounds I was able to gather around my place.

Pickup-Coil_Sampler

The longer recordings of each individual device have been consolidated in a .ZIP file for your use. There are 6 monophonic recordings in .WAV format recorded at 44.1KHz/16bit.

  1. Laptop HD
  2. Compact Flourescent Light Bulb
  3. LCD Television
  4. Microwave
  5. Cell Phone
  6. Phone Charger

Download Pickup Coil Recordings [.zip]

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After yesterday’s post Making Horror Movie Sound FX I began wondering were I could acquire a violin bow and and possibly a cymbal for super cheap. Before I discovered cheap bows on Amazon.com I looked around for some DIY articles.

Most of the homemade violin bow articles I found were of the artisanal variety involving expensive wood, specialty tools and most importantly, skill. Then I stumbled on the Awful Horsehair Bow at Moonmilk.com.

Clever as it is to use such cheap materials, I’d end up spending about the same on the wood, hardware, etc. as I would purchasing a cheap bow on Amazon.com.

Quibbles aside, Moonmilk is a virtual warehouse of DIY din makers. Its purveyor Ranjit Bhatnagar has been constructing instruments of questionable construction and unique timbre since at least 1993.

There is no question that making your own instrument is a great way to acquire some wholly unique sounds. If a little inspiration is required a quick dig through Moonmilk should get the gears turning.

TDT007_FRONT

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I’m glad to announce that today my 40 minute soundscape Suffer This Mortal Vessel: An Exorcism was released on The Dark Tapes net label. If you’re not familiar with TDT you need to check their other releases on Tumblr as they’re equally compelling. Or you can follow/stock/like and poke them on their TDT Facebook page.

Now about the track. It’s a dark twisted atmosphere of eerie drones and the pained vocalizations of souls possessed by the supernatural make this one creepy audio workout. TDT says: “… is creepy as fuck cult ass exorcism soundtrack and documentation recording business.”

The sad truth is that I’ve been toying with the idea of doing something around exorcism for a long time now. “How long?” I hear you ask. Well, long enough that some of the samples used in this release were recorded some 6 years ago.

Lamentations aside, it’s here now and that’s a good thing. Even if it did take the better half of a decade to bear fruit.

Download TDT006 + TDT007 at darktapes.tumblr.com

The download page has moved to the grinthieves.com blog.

Download TDT006 + TDT007 at grindthieves.com

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Back in March of 2009 I was invited to perform at one of the Twin Cities so-called “difficult listening sessions.” The Thinktank collective encourages: “… awareness and activity for the harder, darker, stranger sounds of the underground.”

Lacking very little new music to perform I endeavored to develop some new tracks after a long hiatus from music production. Inspiration struck and I began working on a conceptual album based on the retelling of an old black and white suspense story.

The performance went well (ignoring a false start error) and the results were recorded for posterity.  Sadly I was unable to complete all five intended tracks of my new album before the performance and was forced to make due with only three. Shortly thereafter a computer problem derailed the completion of the album and I still have yet to finish it.

For now, this live performance is all that exists of the new tracks. It’s a jungle break fueled ride through some dark and disturbing landscapes. Enjoy.

Year: 2009

Epilektric-Live@ThinkTank_Vol.4

Epilektric-CD01-Front

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The first full length album released under the Epilektric moniker, CD01 has a gritty lo-fi quality to it. The tracks are experimental and highly influenced by IDM artists like Autechre and Aphex Twin although they don’t sound much like those artists.

There was a lot of sound design involved with creating samples for this album. Clips, snips, and bits of processed audio were collected and edited for sequencing. Very little in the way of live FX processing was used.

The tracks in CD01 represent a leaping off point for my exploration into complex rhythmic structures. A music critic might write in his review

“Slices of percussive noise bounce amongst dissonant tonal constructions and disembodied voices.”

But that’s just a lot of B.S. and really it’s an amateur collection of fuzzy sounds imitating better tracks by far better artists.

All in all, I still find this album an interesting listen and queue it up from time to time.

Year: 2001

Download CD01 [.zip]

01-Epilektric-CD01-Fisc

02-Epilektric-CD01-IDM6v2.2

03-Epilektric-CD01-KrakBabies

04-Epilektric-CD01-Prj.v1.1

05-Epilektric-CD01-PupPoo

06-Epilektric-CD01-TrdCntr

07-Epilektric-CD01-Syv

08-Epilektric-CD01-7734

09-Epilektric-CD01-Indisia

10-Epilektric-CD01-Soep

11-Epilektric-CD01-Frac