Transfixed

Robert Curgenven
The Tapeworm  |  TTW#58  |  July 2013
Cassette only – limited edition of 150 copies
Illustration – Gerard Forde

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Track listing:

A: Such was the Wreck of the Hesperus

B: The Internal Meta-Narrative of Turner’s Tempest As He Is Tied To The Mast in Order to Create the Direct Experience of the Drama Embodied Within a “Snow Storm – [wherein a] Steam-Boat off a Harbour’s Mouth making Signals in Shallow Water, and going by the Lead. [is rendered by virtue of the claim that] The Author was in this Storm on the Night the Ariel left Harwich”

A: Various recordings of live performances in UK from late 2011 remixed, pipe organ recordings from Cornwall from 2011-2013, a 78rpm acetate from 1927, series II resonating dubplates, Stereo test LPs, generalised record and turntable abuse, industrial fans, custom-made low-and high-frequency oscillators.

B: Pipe organ recordings from West and Mid-Cornwall, turntables, series II resonating dubplates. No electronics.

Thanks to Alan Curgenven for the oscillators.

 

Reviews

Boomkat (UK):

Esteemed and travelled sound artist Robert Curgenven presents remixed live and pipe organ recordings from West and Mid-Cornwall on The Tapeworm. Side A, ‘Such was the Wreck of the Hesperus' reworks documentation of live performances in UK from late 2011 with elements of a 78rpm acetate from 1927, series II resonating dubplates, Stereo test LPs, generalised record and turntable abuse, industrial fans, custom-made low-and high-frequency oscillators. In its 16 minute duration it wends from gaseous basses and silty interference to static drones and brooding harmonics reminding of Philip Jeck. Side B, ‘The Internal Meta-Narrative of Turner’s Tempest As He Is Tied To The Mast in Order to Create the Direct Experience of the Drama Embodied Within a “Snow Storm – [wherein a] Steam-Boat off a Harbour’s Mouth making Signals in Shallow Water, and going by the Lead. [is rendered by virtue of the claim that] The Author was in this Storm on the Night the Ariel left Harwich' or ‘Turner on the Mast' for short, employs pipe organ recordings from West and Mid-Cornwall, turntables, and series II resonating dubplates to ghostly effect, no electronics used whatsoever.