A collage of sounds from a series of 18 vinyl records of various European bird sounds. Originally released in Holland and the UK for bird enthusiasts, here the records, found in a record stall in Manchester some years ago, become a curiosity, a discovery from a time passed and a found material to inspire new compositions.
A book with a music box mechanism attached and amplified with a hand-built piezo microphone. Originally bought for its title: Mozart by Einstein, and combined with a found music box as an assemblage sculpture, it is now a regular feature of live performances. Here it is tapped, knocked, scraped and the mechanism wound through a digital delay.
Music Book remixed by Max Bender:
Max Bender & Gary Fisher: Music Book [Seti-signal Mix] from FOUND, 2010, self published at Internet Archive.
An abandoned upright piano behind a now demolished Salford University campus. The open strings of the piano are played with pencils, screws, fingers and pieces of the broken keys. The original recording has since featured as a sound material in live performances.
Made in 2015 from clips of the 2007 "Piano Objects" recording and a bass line played on an electric piano that have been manipulated and composed using computer software to stretch the recording out far longer than its original length and in consequence dramatically altering the pitch and pulling formerly sharp and immediate sounds out into drawn-out drones and chimes. Interesting accidental effects are caused from the different recordings phasing over each other.
Live improvised composition using train records, turntable, train tapes, cassette dictaphone, cymbals, objects, reel-to-reel tape recorder with looped tapes.