Stirring Space with a Timestick follows a period of experimentation, building small instruments, wiring and composing works for radio and improvising freely with resources old and new, trying yet again to reconcile the two practices of composition and performance. I returned to the studio and working to my customary geological timescale I found find my way back to tried and tested compositional methods.
Here are the sources used in the work:-
hand-made chordophones, idiophones and metallophones
hand bells, temple bells, Tibetan bowls
prepared dc motors
I began by revisiting and pulling apart old recordings of bells and bowls, stones and coal, adding new recordings from my small orchestra of made and found instruments such as prepared hand-made psalteries and zithers, cymbals, gong and bells. The small prepared dc motors were used as 'agitators' on small glass and metal vessels. (You can see some of these motors in action in my short video Hammered Glass). All of these largely percussive sources, in various states of oscillation and harmonic resonance, were then destabilised in the spectral and temporal domains then layered texturally to create a dense and widely spatialised sound field.
Stirring Space with a Timestick was self-published as a 300 copy limited edition CD. You can contact me or visit Discogs to buy a copy.