New Disquietude podcast episode: music by Lesley Flanigan, Dave Seidel, KMRU, Celia Hollander, and John Hooper; interview with Flanigan; commentary; short essay on reading waveforms. • F.A.Q.Key Tags: #saw2for33third, #field-recording, #classical, #juntoElsewhere: Twitter, SoundCloud, Instagram

Listening to art. Playing with audio. Sounding out technology. Composing in code. Rewinding the soundscape.

Like a Loop Machine

Passerby of Chicago flirts with chaos.

Feedback comes in many forms, but the two essential ones may be (1) that moment when a frisson of time-warping, near-simultaneous-state echoing occurs, and (2) that moment when the noise overwhelms the system, when the sonic equivalent of matter and anti-matter seem to collide, resulting in broad sensory overreach. The track “2013-04-04 tape loop+mixer feedback+doepfer” by Passerby flirts with the second while keeping things in check well enough to largely adhere to the first. Passerby’s system is complex, as laid out in an accompanying liner note:

Two contact microphones attached to a Otari MX-5050 tape machine on the left and right sides. Those signals were fed into a Doepfer modular analog synthesizer, then into the tape loop, then from the tape loop to analog delay and reverb to separate channels in a mixer, which was feeding back both on itself and through the contact microphones.

The result is a constant state of self-adjusting balances, noises edging to the fore, then fading back, eruptions sensed more as premonitions than actual occurrences.

A piece by Valerio Tricoli is credited for inspiration. Track originally posted for free download at Passerby is Nicholas Davis of Chicago, Illinois. More from him at and

By Marc Weidenbaum

Tags: , / Leave a comment ]

Post a Comment

Your email is never published nor shared. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>


Subscribe without commenting