Limited edition hand stamped release in recycled handstiched and stickered sleeve with card insert…
Featuring 3 long form tracks of Ambient/Drone based experimentalism for one half of listening Mirror, Jeff Stonehouse. Listening Mirror have appeared on notable imprints such as Hibernate, Heat Death, Audio Gourmet, Rural Colours and Bathetic to name a few.
Recording method: Ableton Live 8 Suite running on Macbook Pro.
Recording techniques: ‘The Boat Has Sailed’ drone was achieved using the earth hum and harmonics of the Audition guitar. Percussive bass were recorded through the pickups of the same guitar and then chopped, stretched and looped.
‘It’s In The Trees’ and ‘Storm Train’ guitar parts were recorded by attaching ribbons to an oscillating fan and allowing them to strike the strings randomly.
All tracks written between October 2011 and February 2012 by Jeff Stonehouse.
Age of Insects is the result of a series of visits made by Mark and Laura to Stephen’s studio in Virginia between May 2009 and January 2010.
The three improvised around common interests in analog electronics and digital manipulation, field recordings and instrumental performance practice. These recordings presented here feature only minimal editing and post-production, with a primary intent of capturing shared moments of listening and response.
The titles refer to extinct insects—the imagined hum and flutter of their calls, flight and communication.
I first came across Marihiko Hara’s work in 2007, with his ‘Cesura’ release on the excellent Italian net-label – Zymogen. It really drew me in more than most other work that was doing the rounds at the same time. It had the sort of organic details and attention to beautiful subtle developments that I had only really heard in offthesky and Nicolas Bernier before (both label mates on Zymogen I should add). It became my soundtrack to that year and an album I returned to almost daily during the winter months. After this I followed Marihiko’s work carefully, from his rather fantastic 2009 ‘Icon’ release on Cotton Goods to his recent ‘Prosa’ collaboration with Tomas Phillips on Tench Records.
Corridor8, a new international annual contemporary visual art and writing magazine, that started in 2009.
The ‘Borderlands’ edition, Strange Weather, extends our northern focus to the far-flung reaches of the UK from the midlands to the borders and beyond, and will feature the same mix of in-depth critical writing, profiles, art and literary writing we established in Issue 1..