Tharmuncrape an'goo

by Nocturnal Emissions

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Bagpipes played by John Webb.
Other instruments played by Nigel Ayers and Charlotte Bill.
Decomposed and Disarranged by Nigel Ayers

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released January 1, 1997

The essence of bagpipes is their drones: pushing breath through a series of reeds with tremendous force. Ayers plays with the sound of the drones (artificially slowing down or speeding up the passage of the "air"), and with the meaning of a drone (Does it have so be a note or group of notes? Can it be a repeated rhythmic pattern?).

Some of these tracks have new drones added to the sound of the bagpipes - barely perceptible electronic hums, or gentle mechanical noises that distinctly don't belong to the world of wood and cloth. Passages played on the chanters are looped and turned into cycling constants; one set of drones crossfades into another; the instrument's overtones are separated from their context, and presented on their own. After a few tracks, the piping no longer has the connotations of its original instrument - it's just a human and ancient sound.

Robin Edgerton and Douglas Wolk
CMJ New Music Report

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Nocturnal Emissions Cornwall, UK

Nocturnal Emissions' Nigel Ayers has continued to work with a strong underground of cult support, avoiding music industry fashions, and following his own creative path he concentrated on creating a strong sense of a wilderness identity through sound.

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