Four Austerity Riddles

by THF Drenching

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  • Drenching grabs a fat handful of OBSCURE BANKING DATA from the work f-drive, and spins it out into a four-part suite of GLEAMING MODERNIST AUSTERITY. I don't fuck about. Internal passwords, corporate banking IDs, auditors' references and email crash-reports are all laid out like choir practice in a jewelers shop, stripped down to the skeleton, then re-fleshed in plasticised serum.

    I don't know why you're making such a big issue out of it. It's simply a matter of every letter, number and punctuation point having been allocated an INSTRUMENT, rough PITCH and DURATION. This makes a BIG SOUND MENU, and then all the piles of tedious and arcane financial data are funneled into it to determine the basic SOUND EVENTS, and their sequence. Meanwhile, the rhythmic structures are improvised in real-time, slapped out on an armchair with chop-sticks.

    The sounds are then superimposed, perfectly aligned with the improvised rhythmic grid. Then the grid is removed, like you was whipping the coloured acetate off, leaving nothing but the pristine transparencies of album. Then you overlay sequences of chords and markers, constructed from the sound of me howling into a washing machine, slamming the cutlery drawer and dragging a plastic giraffe across a piece of wood I found in an alley.
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released January 8, 2014

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THF Drenching Manchester, UK

THF Drenching is a free improvisor and composer of musique concrète, based in Manchester, England.

As an improvising dictaphone-player, he was one fifth of Derek Bailey's final band Limescale. He was also half of the bricks and dictaphone duo Pleasure-Drenching Improvers.

As a composer, he's made about seventeen albums of musique concrète, electronic music and various dubious amalgams.
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