1 & 1​/​2 volt MUSIC

by matt wand

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    It's tiny .... And you want it.... You do want it don't you? It's right here... Just say the word.. Don't be shy.. No one will know... It'll be our secret... It will come in a plain unmarked package.. Your friends and family will NEVER be alerted to the unsavoury facts about you.. Spending money on music? Why you dirty, filthy little consumer you! How long do you think you can lead this double life? Modern society may disapprove of such transgressive financial transactions but remember once long ago in the time of the ancient Greeks it was considered 'normal' to put your hands in your pocket and fling a few low denomination coins to the lowly musicians. The contemporary view that all musicians are antisocial street beggars and should never EVER be encouraged with money or attention from the public can only go on so long. We applaud your forward looking stance on this but, of course, we understand you would not want your 'pro' music stance made public just yet.. The tide is turning... But slowly... Soon, like gay marriage and vegetarianism, you will be able to walk the streets head held high and proclaim loudly and unashamedly- " I PAY FOR MUSIC AND YOU SHOULD TOO !!! "

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what? = its the 3 inch CD version of a fully battery powered soundwork/composition/ infinite symphony called 1 & a Half VOLT MUSIC by Matt Wand.. the piece uses a dozen pocket game machines (Gameboys) programmed to generate permutations of the composers score which was structured using the rules of the game TETRIS ( ie: as gaps appeared in the music the score is adapted to fill them).... the project continues the artists long standing interest in totally portable and cheap noise/music making apparatus,. The CD comprises of about 9 sections taken sequentially from live recordings made during the day of the first performance at The Holden Gallery, Manchester, May2nd 2001. Despite the dry art installation premise, its an engrossing listen as the open acoustics of the space merge and rebound the 8 bit sounds until they turn from tinny to brassy and several of the machines decide they are actually Bass Clarinets???
The piece would not have been possible without the help of Oliver Wittchow who is the programmer of the NANOLOOP cartridges which have been abused in the process of making this work. Matt was approached by Oliver in 2000 to help launch the retail version Nanoloop, writing a track for the NANOLOOP 1.0 compilation CD and touring Germany with him ( and the Goodiepal ) demoing some of the abilities of this pocket marvel. Matt has developed this DIY surround sound piece over the intervening years far beyond these first recordings, utilising gameboy micros, the 2.3 & 2.5 advance versions of the cartridge and various Spaghetti jars as resonators usually in large gallery or church spaces.
Here is a link to a more recent version done with the help of Lucio Capece and Alexis Malbert augmenting the sound with wifi speakers on helium balloons and specially constructed 'wheelie walkmen'. Its the first video "Parking Arrangements"
artsbirthday.hfg-karlsruhe.de/2013/

Released on the HOT AIR label 2001.
Catalog number: AIRPOCKET 005
All rights reserved: Matt Wand 2015

For more of Mr Wand's ( and associates ) 'things' go to:
hot-air.bandcamp.com

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released January 1, 2001

Matt Wand: sound design, programming and performance
Oliver Wittchow: technical assistance

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Small Rocks Eccles, UK

Matt runs the Independent Record Label HOT AIR. He formed the seminal electronic sampling & improvising group Stock, Hausen & Walkman in 1989 and also works under various other pseudonyms, Small Rocks being one.
He has remixed many people ie: Ground Zero, PULP, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Hawkwind, Peter Thomas, Steve Reich, Buffalo Daughter, Lady Miss Kier, Thurston Moore.
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