Most digressions on sound from my life on food stamps were facilitated by myself. However, the "Particular Streams Remixes" series, of which I just released the third part, ask other artists to step in-- to take the sounds I collected over those years and to remix them.
A general reaction to these sounds is that people seem to like working with them. The am radio drone, the hammer hitting the bedpost, the shouts of the neighbor kids as they played on the concrete slab out back. These sounds seem very generative. Due to texture, percussion, and lack of tuning, they are very easy to combine with one another, and I was pleased and impressed with the results of "Particular Streams Remixes 3".
It's a bit like asking people to come and visit one's apartment, and to re-decorate:
Following the success of "Particular Streams Remixes 1" and "Particular Streams Remixes 2", Thomas wanted to go another round, and created an open call for remixes using only material from his "Particular Streams" release. These sounds were collected one summer in a low-rent South Side Saint Louis apartment. Thomas feels the sounds are very generative and evocative of living in that place at that time. He is very pleased with the remixes he received for this round and grateful to the artists who participated.
"The Music Of Poverty" Part 5-- Recently I have been sharing some of my sound works from my years as a bachelor at a South Saint Louis Apartment.
Over the weekend, I went back to those sounds, and created a new work. While older works emphasize depression, isolation, and dismal living conditions, for this new work I tried to add energy and movement,
One technique I used was to take metal banging sounds I had recorded and to use them as driving percussion elements. I also used more ambient sounds (like a grainy drone I recorded from a radio) by digitally processing them until they sounded more textured and attenuated.
"Discourse In Dust and Steel" is the old music from Brannon and Chippewa hyperdriven-- re-visited and re-purposed into something more active: