Monday, 16 January 2012

Electronics Without Tears - F.C.Judd (Public Information)






First Daphne, now Fred, another name to add to the roster of revived sonic revolutionaries from ye olde England of Amateur Tape Recording magazine and fanatical dedication to tinkering with sound, as well as actually inventing such things as the Oramics machine and in Fred's case, the Chromasonics system. Its this dedication to boffinry that cracked the Enigma code, you know. Fred was a radar engineer during the war; the sonic bleeps might have inspired his interest in sound.

In the studio: ring modulators, tape recorders, mixers, filter circuits, a keyboard, which Fred assures us 'will play tunes', but he's not some old square who's going to practise anything like a tune on it - oh no! Fred uses it for 'making sounds' - yes, that's how advanced he was - sounds like those on 'Mysterioso', which as you can guess from the title, perfectly fits the bill as far as the modern love of Haunting Music goes. Along with that we have 'Spooks', 'Ghosts' and 'Maniac Laughter', all of which, thanks to Fred's treatments, are brief but wonderful improvements on mere BBC sound effects tracks.

Fred & Daphne
'Let's see what we can do with a loop and electric guitar' says Fred before the track, 'Broken Guitar'. He brilliantly deconstructs that most treasured instrument of teenage Pop - he's hipper than that, daddy-oh - so hip that he's making the future of electronic music. Witness 'Voltage Control 2', which wouldn't sound out of place on an Ekoplekz album.

The collection's littered with examples of the sound of things to come from the likes of The Focus Group, Jon Brooks and the rest of that crazy gang for whom early English eccentricities in electronic music are such a source of inspiration. 'Voix Angelique' is a particularly fine example. Brilliant work by Public Information.

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