"Sounds for a Healthy
Recorded at 3 AM within a circle of
"flames and noisemakers,"
Sounds For a Healthy B(r)ane is a fantastical sonic ritual
from this project of He of the House's Silas Ciarán.
As the story goes, this tape was recorded in one session, sans
overdubs or edits, straight to an ancient cassette from 1972.
Employing a medley of strange, sound-making objects, as well as
miscellaneous instruments and a second tape of noises and found
sounds, Ciarán has churned out an
idiosyncratic, whimsical effort on this analog artefact. I
approached this cassette with considerable approbation, as often
these sorts of free-wheeling improvisations appeal more to the
soundmakers than the person who actually
listens to them, but Sleepers' affair defied any preconceived
notions of mediocrity. It is the background sounds which help
completely absorb the listener -- trembling noise at some points,
swooping synth sirens elsewhere, and, of
course, a consistently sizable layer of
grubby tape fuzz. Amid the sonic rubble one also encounters
tape-warped chanting, clinks n' clanks, radio/television audio,
haunting violins, as well as Ciarán's
strange, esoteric poetry. Of course, not every moment maintains the
mood -- for example, a bizarre vocal outburst by Ciarán
on side B is more comical than anything else -- but this cassette is
otherwise an impressively evocative work of freeform noise
exploration. Limited to 15 copies, though, so run don't walk.
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