Kind words from Disquiet


 
Kind words from Marc Weidenbaum over at Disquiet:

There are sharply plucked guitar strings and a combination of echoes — glitchy snaps, high-pitched synthesized tones, occasionally with a touch of Morse code to them, and the guitar itself playing a complementary line. This is the elegant “Sketch for Electric Guitar, Laptop & Electromagnetic Interference” by A Companion of Owls, aka Stephen Stamper of Helsinki, Finland. In a brief accompanying note he explains in slightly greater detail than the track’s title: “Sketch for single coil pickup electric guitar, monophonic pitch tracking sine wave oscillator, three randomly reversible audio buffers and electromagnetic interference.” The real beauty in the piece may be the pauses, the waiting, the time during which something is held before something else appears — it adds drama, intensity, and narrative to sounds that are quite simple unto themselves.

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Syksyinen Sähkö (ote)

 
Autumnal Electricity (excerpt)

Excerpt from a 40 minute improvisation for electric guitar and Pure Data patch.

The guitar, tuned to open G, is fed into a monophonic pitch tracking oscillator. This is then fed into three separate mono buffers, which record 16, 18 and 20 seconds of audio and randomly change direction. The buffers are then fed into two “shufflers” – one pitched an octave below, the other a fifth. The output from this patch is then mixed with the output from the guitar and fed into a guitar amp with distortion and reverb.

Piece composed for the fourth edition of Gwaith Sŵn‘s Sonic Darts radio show, first broadcast on 5 October 2015 on Resonance104.4fm. The theme for the show was DIY.

Threnody for Elementary Satellite 1

 
Accompanied by Sputnik 1’s mournful beeps, two quarter-speed tape loops – taken from a vinyl copy of the 1981 The Music of Cosmos soundtrack – trace a slow elliptical orbit around the record’s run-out groove…

Piece composed for the third edition of Gwaith Sŵn‘s Sonic Darts radio show, first broadcast on 7 September 2015 on Resonance104.4fm. The theme for the show was space and science fiction.

God Bless You

 
I composed this piece for the second edition of Gwaith Sŵn’s Sonic Darts radio show, broadcast on 3 July 2015 on Resonance104.4fm. As the theme for the show was one based around conspiracy theories, I began this piece with a recording of a rather deranged American Christian shortwave radio broadcast that I had picked up in the middle of a Finnish forest. But rather than highlight the insane ramblings of the preacher, who claimed that the end of the world was indeed nigh, I was instead drawn to the desperate and fearful phone calls of the listeners…