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Saturday, February 27, 2010

HACKER FARM PRESENTS JUNKCRUNCH

Here we go again!

Junkcrunch is a new project/band thing formed by Farmer Glitch and myself. It's intended as a sort of lead-in/prelude to Hacker Farm, but mainly it's a bit of a laugh: improv electronics using toys/junk, discarded/obsolete tech, hacked circuitry, etc.

We're playing at the Yeovil Live Weekender event in a coupla weeks time (sat 13th) and - amazingly - they're letting us play in the middle of town, thru a PA, to pedestrians and bemused shoppers. Musically dicking around in yr own home town on a saturday afternoon: it really doesn't get much better than that.




So, we decided we'd better plug everything in and see what it sounded like; have a bit of a play around n see what worked. Extremely impressed by The Farmer's collection of homemade sequencers, rebuild McDonald's HappyMeal toys and handwired syntheticsquelchboxes - there was one that made uberphat Bernie Worrell-like moogpharts and another that reset itself with sonar-like pings. He was also toting a three-string vintage Casio MIDI-gtr which he used to get Cluster/Harmonia-like quasi-melody-lines which you couldn't work out if they were being played on a guitar or a keyboard. His dad has been helping him fix up the Casio! Glitch Snr is, like, King of the Dudes or something, I reckon.

I've never used a laptop live before - it's not really been my thing - but this is a junked one I got for £20 a few years back made from a 50kilo slab of metal, and I'm running a piece of antique software on it from the mid-90s, so that kinda fits in with our ethos. Also using a bunch of cassette-recorders, contact-mic'd junk, etc, which is my more usual bag.

There were some bits that sounded like Krautish deep-space drone crossed with that Hula live installation album from the late 80s - a sort of semi-psychedelicised Industrial sound - and bits where it turned into an ominous, dubbed-out form of improv Machine-Funk: spazzy, broken riddims underpinning space-violin, electronic swirls, e-static and nasty-sounding hard-drive crashes, crunches and detonations. Lovely stuff - quite different to both Ice Bird Spiral and Orchestra Intangible '73.

The Farmer dumped the jams down onto Ableton Live for us to deconstruct at a later date.

It was every bit as easy as I expected and a fucking lot of fun!











Right, I'm off to get drunk with my wife. I'll post our manifesto/press release later.