Saturday, February 7, 2009

the snapping of whips, the whipping of flags

Track List:

1. the snapping of whips (part 1) (00:22)
2. the snapping of whips (part 2) (02:25)
3. the snapping of whips (part 3) (00:30)
4. the snapping of whips (part 4) (05:13)
5. , (11:28)
6. the whipping of flags (06:58)

Finally my computer is fixed, and all my sound recordings were ok.

So here is a self-titled album. Thematically, it is exploring the name I have chosen, and is cut, roughly, into three thematic sections (tracks 1-4, track 5 and track 6). The first and third sections focus, stylistically, on the use of intellectual montage in Noise, an attempt to translate the theme from Sergei Eisenstein's cinematic theory. The middle section (track 5) is more abstracted, traditional Noise, as denoted by its title.

If anyone was wondering: "the snapping of whips, the whipping of flags" is derived from a line in Luigi Russolo's "The Art of Noises". Russolo was famous for pioneering Noise/Electronic/Industrial/Machine music in the 1920's, within the context of Italian Futurism. He produced numerous "intonarumori", analog Noise machines each designed to produce a single droning sound, the tempo and pitch of which was manipulated by a crank on the side of the instrument. Here is a picture of some of these intonarumori:

There are recordings of them here. The first Intonarumori concerts ended in riots. I have utilized some of Russolo's original recordings in the first few tracks.


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