Here’s another experiment, and this one got weird!
The piece is scored for tape loop, a modified boombox, a modified Walkman, melodica, and feedback. It initially started off as a series of experiments, but morphed into the minimalist piece of music linked above.
The exact setup is shown above. There is a tape loop running between two cassette players, being recorded onto by the boombox and read by the Walkman with an 8ish second delay. The erase head on the boombox is taped over, so none of the previous recording is destroyed. This creates a soundscape that is slowly built up over the course of the piece, morphing between different feelings and textures. The sound being recorded comes from the Melodica that is then sent through the mixer with some distorted delay added on. However, some very interesting sonic results pop up when feedback is utilised: the combination of the slightly old resonant speaker on the boombox, the slightly glitchy FX algorithms on the mixer, and the warmth of the tape creates a very unique palette with a wide variety of tones and noises available depending on mic distance and the chosen effect.
The resulting track is a longform piece, and evolves throughout its 20 minutes. The music isn’t deeply complicated to listen to, so creates a safe environment in which the listener’s thoughts can roam free.
Sit back, relax, listen.