Imaginary Musicks Vol. 3​/​4

by Stuart Chalmers

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06:32
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Improvised, recorded and edited winter 2014/2015
Released by Hairdryer Excommunication
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REVIEW: IDWAL FISHER
"The artist I’ve most compared him to is William Basinski and there are moments in his work where a decayed tape loop brings to mind Basinski’s Disintegration Loops. It appears here also with the track ‘Requiem’ on 3 & 4 but instead of letting us all drown in a pit of misery Chalmers cleverly corrupts the thing by layering over it the audio taken from an 80’s BBC sports quiz, the results being similar to having your frame set afloat on a sea of morphine while discovering who finished second in the County Cricket Championship in 1981 [Sussex in case you were wondering]. The track that follows it is Henri Pousseur meets Tricky, the one after that contains some harshly plucked oriental strings, mutterings and the swooshing sound you make when you rub finger cymbals over a stone tiled floor. The track after that is pure tape abuse with a swirl of what was once a smooth jazz tune obliterated into a quick fire squish of wobbly saxophones and eerie space sounds. And then there’s the rapid edits that recall the kind of madcap lunacy of Nurse With Wound's Sylvie & Babs. Such is my admiration for what Chalmers creates I found myself not only listening to these two releases but going back to his previous works and luxuriating away entire evenings filling myself with feelings of warmth and melancholy and delight.

I can only imagine that Chalmers has an ear for sound and that he is capable of seeing the potential transformation inherent in say the field recording of a firework display which is what he utilises on the last track of 3 &4. A simple field recording of rapid bangs and the delighted oohs and ahhs of the crowd is held up against a background drone of such deep beauty it left me feeling emotionally drained. And it isn’t often that happens" - Mark Wharton

idwalfisher.blogspot.co.uk/2015/08/stuart-chalmers-imaginary-musicks-vol.html

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released March 3, 2015

Stuart Chalmers: Cassette tape players, radio, synths and pedals

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Stuart Chalmers England, UK

SOUND SCAVENGER OF JUNK CASSETTES.
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SHOWS:
17th June
Fuse arts space, Bradford. Solo w/BBBlood/Posset

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