Available now, three new tapes from Fractal Meat:
/ FMC21 / dtub – Midi-drum Compositions 1
/ FMC 22 / Marlo Eggplant – Callosity
/ FMC 23 / Graham Dunning – Previously Unreleased Mixtape 1995-2016
Stream for free or buy tapes or downloads via the bandcamp page here. More details below.
Jaxson Payne uses an electronic drum kit to trigger samples from a custom library of thousands of carefully chosen sounds, creating engaging live techno performances. The project began in 2003 and now, developed and sharpened, the name ‘dtub’ has been adopted to trademark this customised set-up and method of live performance. On this compilation for Fractal Meat, each of the ten compositions have been created in exactly the same way as a dtub live set. Therefore, the combination of sounds that make up each track have been played entirely on the drum pads in one take with no backing tracks, loops or overdubs.
Jaxson Payne, b.1983, UK. Payne is a musician, composer and sound-artist currently living in Cardiff. A founding member of Koept (a Cornish based organisation for electronic art and sound), Payne’s work has led to a variety of projects: from experimental electronic recordings as Personality Son, forward thinking techno releases using his Derehctub pseudonym and intricately constructed sound-collage works under his own name. Payne has also developed a custom set-up known as ‘dtub’ that allows him to merge his virtuosic drumming technique with his proficiency as an electronic dance music producer to deliver live techno performances created entirely on a modified midi drum kit.
FMC21: Marlo Eggplant – Callosity
Callosity was edited and recorded over the months of October and November 2016 in Leeds, UK. The word callosity means “a piece of skin that has become thickened as a result of repeated contact and friction”. Due to the global events of 2016, Marlo felt as though the idea of a callus was symbolic of what many of us sensed happening in the world. 2016 has beaten us up with its constant governmental and natural catastrophes. The result is a social hardening or a shell that covers a very fragile and vulnerable space that hopefully will reveal healed and newly generated skin.
Born in Baltimore, MD, USA, Marlo DeLara is a sound performance artist currently pursuing a PhD in Cultural Studies at the University of Leeds. Under the Marlo Eggplant alias, De Lara produces textural compositions which develop from microscopic tone landscapes into dense and expansive states of noise and drone. Her works aim to blur the definitions of (un)intentional sound and music. The many noises and tones of De Lara’s live performances are sourced from autoharps, contact mics, vocals and loops, amongst other tools. Her pieces have minimalist origin stories that can be breached through a knowing and often slow-burning approach to improvisation. DeLara has been performing internationally for over a decade and as curator of the Ladyz in Noyz international compilation series, an ongoing project from 2008 to the present, she continues to promote emerging female sound artists/experimental musicians.
An infinite number of cassettes, each duplicated from the one before it. As such the quality is reduced with each iteration. The black & white photocopied covers are duplicated following the same process.
All music is exclusive to this tape and will not be released elsewhere.
There is no digital version of this release.
Tracks range from longform minimal (mechanical) techno excursions to chaotic electronic jangling and crashing. Drone, hiss, crackle, drum machines, synthesizers and field recordings feature throughout. Some tracks are edits from live sets, some studio experiments, some long-lost tapes newly mixed down. The tape was live mixed/edited in one take, and each side takes the form of a continuous mix. See full track-list below.
Luton schoolgates field recording, 2011
4 track drone for sidechain, 30.10.2013
Mechanical techno demonstration at Fort Process, 3.9.2016
Tape Sampling, 7.8.2012
Analog Nasty, ~2005
Live in Leitrim, Ireland 13.08.2016
Field recording for Mysterium performance, Jan 2013
Synth Delays (Stereo) (Quiet) – ~June 2012
Interview for Canadian TV show, November 2015
Analogg – Tesselating Circles, ~2002
Just Hiss // Hum 4tr, ~Nov 2012
Untitled HL re-sounding test, 28.9.2016
Unknown Analogg acid edit, ~2007
Drums + dub effects, ~2009
4track messing, 2.8.2008
Flurries of Rhetoric – Highest Niselike, 2001
Hackney Wick dérive, 11.5.2013
Tape Sampling 2 Noise 6, Aug 2012
Tank Rhythem (full length version), 20.7.2016
Live at noise=noise,
Graham Dunning is self-taught as an artist and musician having studied neither discipline academically. His work explores sound as texture, timbre and something tactile, drawing on bedroom production, tinkering and recycling found objects. He has performed solo and in ensembles across the UK, and Europe, and shown solo sound installations in the UK, New Zealand and USA. He teaches Experimental Sound Art at the Mary Ward Centre in London and also gives various independent workshops. Dunning has released through Entr’acte, Seagrave, Tombed Visions and more.