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Sonic Exploration by Marc McNulty (MP3)

Were the Barrons, of Forbidden Planet soundtrack fame, still alive and working today, they might very well sound like Marc McNulty, the musician and sound artist whose explorations of small sonic spaces result in squiggling effects that suggest an otherworldly aura. He recently contributed a half-hour performance to the Rare Frequency podcast series (rarefrequency.com), and it’s a characteristically internecine journey through microscopic dank pockets of slomo whirligigs, melting tonal affect, and tantalizing garbles (MP3). Which is to say, it sounds both like a modern use of digital audio tools to explore audio objects, and like the special effects from an ancient science fiction film. Tomorrow’s music is yesteryear’s foley sounds.

[audio:http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/rfPodcasts/~5/SHGmrhmylLE/Podcast_Spec_39_Marc_McNulty_Live_on_Rare_Frequency.mp3|titles=”Lamictal”|artists=Marc McNulty]

Much more on McNulty as his website, earphone.org, which is generous with MP3s. According to a post on his site, the piece performed on Rare Frequency is titled “Lamictal,” which appears to be the name of a prescription drug used to treat bipolar disorder and epilepsy.

By Marc Weidenbaum

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  1. nathan
    [ Posted October 16, 2009, at 11:54 am ]

    Highly recommend some of the others as well, the OPN set was great as was Brandon Terzakis. Thanks for posting this!

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