These 'Time Machines' are mrrky muffles and underground machinery, radio noise, long gone drones and the emerging doom machines. .
About a cloakroom assembly
I been making ‘public noise’ since 1979 in various collective outlets and collaborations such as Scattered Order, Ya Ya Choral, Monalisa Overdrive, The Barons, Pleasant Peasants, Volatile T-Shirt – usually outputting misunderstood and eclectic sounds, which have varied from the ‘very annoying’ to ‘very loud’ to ‘very twee/pretty’ to ‘snap crackle and pop’ to ‘ dumbass metal/rock’.
Someone who knows me very well has described me as a chameleon, in the sense that I change my colour to blend in with the background and situation.
I was never very good at - or - even very interested in explaining what I was doing
I am culturally literate, not culturally precious, I am influenced by everything I have ever heard. I am interested in iconoclasm and hybrids and not interested in staying ‘in genre’ and pretending authenticity and purity. I am interested in hybrids.
Behind the scenes, I enjoyed a secret place for making ‘private noise’ which began with collaborations with my sister Angela as a teenager in the early 1970’s, as I tried to re-construct the Beatle’s “Revolution # 9” and assemble ‘mock-Stockhausen’ sound stories. I was always impressed by the sense of ‘place/situation’ and ‘narrative/people’ in the Beatles Revolution #9 and the shape of sound as ‘time stood still’ in the work of Eno’s ‘Onland’ and Tangerine Dream’s ‘Zeit’.
I began working solo as A Cloakroom Assembly in the late 1970s at the same time as he co-founded M. Squared. Michael Tee describes A Cloakroom Assembly (aka ACRA) as a variety of 'sound story' projects and gentle ‘time stands still - machines’. In the eighties I ‘shared’ for a little while and he released 3 ACRA collections on limited edition cassettes on M Squared in 1982. True to it’s name a fourth release “Retreat” was withdrawn before release in 1983 and I retreated behind the ‘public noise’ of Ya Ya Choral.
After 1995 I retreated from the public noise and touring overseas, into family and academic life, yet still I was driven to assemble hours and hours of unreleased sound stories. The sound stories began increasingly longer, more as ‘time stands still – machines’. I would frequently break them down and recycle and re assemble and rebrand. The titles are unimportant. Some of this material is now available free on the internet as torrent files or compiled on low budget hand made mp3 editions for convenience.
I don’t reckon this sort of music has much of a market. Why waste money on producing hard copies. That’s why I usually give it away for free.
I do this for my own enjoyment, though I am surprised and happy that a small group of people appear to enjoy my current period of slow mrrky noise. I cannot imagine what sort of context people would listen to my sound stories. Though having said that I got an email from a person in Bulgaria the other day saying that he plays ACRA all day to help him create a space for thinking. So far, he had downloaded three hours of ACRA and “a series of throbs” was his favourite .... this is encouraging”
Elsewhere in Canada they think the new stuff sounds like old German space rock (pre sequencers or drum loaded kraut-rock) which is lovely – as I am a great fan of early Tangerine Dream and 1960s drone music. Perhaps the space tag comes because some of the ACRA pieces are named after not so obscure astronomical objects”
Who knows … maybe someday if there is enough interest I will release the hi –fi versions, but only if someone else wants to take the financial risk !
The Live Shows
In July 2009,
This coincides with other renewed public activity as part of 2 piece version of Scattered Order (with Mitch Jones) and he/said/she/said (with Fiona Graham).
But wait there’s more …… If you like this CD
Current ACRA material (as long pieces) in circulation free on the internet (in order of popularity i.e downloads) ....
1. Three Space Variations
2. One Night on Stanwell Park Beach
3. Its Like a Test Pattern for Twinkle Stars
4. HD 189733
5. A series of throbs and bleeps in c minor
6. The Ghosts of History evoke the great expectation/Machiato
8. Territory and Beltane Jzzz live in the Studio 1/3/09
9. Circa 1958-Variation on Discrete Music
10. GRB 080607A
11. Unsettled #2 ... uneasy feelings suck my soul dry
12. Little Species
13. I think we are lost / around a point in time
14. We sleep while carnivale battles with lent
15. Unsettled #1.. a time to call room service
16. … And through the mrrky darkness
17. Retreat Parts 13-17
So far there are plans for releasing early ACRA material planned in Europe and Australia:
• mrrk+MRRK Vinyl Lp (from the M Squared Boxed set) “Pardon me for barging in like this” VOD Label (Germany)
• 4 tracks on the M Squared Sampler CD “Welcome to the world of metal tape technology” (Australia)
Gamma-ray bursts are the most powerful, most luminous explosions in the universe. From Earth, these cosmic explosions are manifested as an extremely bright flash of gamma radiation quickly followed by an also-incredibly-bright afterglow, observable at all other wavelengths from x-ray to optical to infrared to radio. The brightest afterglow to date was visible to the naked eye.
On June 7th, another record-smashing gamma-ray burst occurred, detected from orbit by NASA's Swift satellite. This event, known as GRB 080607, was just as powerful intrinsically as 080319B, - but was nowhere near bright enough to be seen visually, for two reasons. First, it was quite a bit further away: 11.5 billion light years, corresponding to an era in which the universe was only a few billion years old. Second, and much more interestingly, the afterglow was nearly hidden behind a thick cloud of gas and dust within the galaxy in which the GRB was born.
Astronomers were able to come to this conclusion not by looking at the galaxy directly, but from the study of the afterglow itself. UC Berkeley associate professor of astronomy Joshua Bloom and graduate students Daniel Perley and Adam Miller were observing with the Keck I telescope in Hawaii at the moment the burst occurred, and were able to quickly slew the 10-meter telescope - one of the largest in the world - to the newly identified afterglow position within a few minutes. Using the telescope to take a spectrum of the optical afterglow, they were able to record hundreds of features imprinted upon the light of the afterglow as it passed through, and was selectively absorbed by, gas and dust in its host galaxy. Jason X. Prochaska at the University of California at Santa Cruz and Yaron Sheffer at the Ohio State University have identified hundreds of these features as corresponding to various elements and molecules - some of which have never been seen at the immense distance (and, therefore, as early in the universe's history) which this burst occurred, and measured dozens of additional features which have never been observed in astonomical, or perhaps even a laboratory, context at all. In addition, supplementing the visible spectrum with measurements from the infrared telescope PAIRITEL, the team was able to measure the extent to which the gas and dust had dimmed the optical light: by well over a factor of 100! Had this event been a little closer and without its dust screen, it may have been visible in the sky to the naked eye for a few seconds. However, the distance and the dust screen, and their inferences about the nature of the chemical makeup of the early universe, are what make this event truly one-of-a-kind to date.