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.
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.
- Laptop HD
- Compact Flourescent Light Bulb
- LCD Television
- Cell Phone
- Phone Charger
Download Pickup Coil Recordings [.zip]
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
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.
Download CD01 [.zip]