“One of the most interesting aspects of Ted Byrnes’ C16 work ‘Double Negative’ is the fact that it is presented by Absurd Exposition, which is very much an analogue electronics-based label that is most commonly concerned with ‘harsh noise’ and ‘power electronics’.
The exciting aspect of Ted’s percussive work versus the electronics is its incredibly common means to an end.
After years and years of my delving into the world of silicon and germanium fuzz circuits with various colleagues, contemplating the electronic processing of source into rough textures can really make someone question the various apparatuses conceptually, especially when you experience raw comparable sound via internal combustion, or in Ted’s case – percussion.
‘Striking something’ for a conceptualized sound acts as a pinnacle of deconstructed sound technique, especially when making a career out of creating seemingly percussive rough textures via electronics, can make the artist doubt their practice and its analogue gear avenues that may simply be (in extreme terms) a ‘waste of time’ when compared to straight well conceived percussion.
Again, presented within the world of harsh noise specifics, Ted Byrnes’ rapid fire washes, lines and layers of shifting percussively created textures very much converse in the language of harsh noise with a vicious truth that analogue electronics may never be able to replicate.
Every year I think about ditching my electronic gear and just having some ‘percussive’ setup like strips of aluminum that are lined up to make ‘slapping / snapping / crack’ noises, but then I’m constantly reminded of Ted’s work and the fact that I’m just purely jealous and should just stick to what I know.”
– Sam McKinlay
While debuting a new collaborative project, CACKLE CAR, with Sam McKinlay (THE RITA) last year, as well as ongoing collaborations with with William Hutson (including percussive work for the upcoming CLIPPING. album), TED BYRNES continues to hone his craft of harsh noise by way of acoustic percussion – both as one half of WOOD & METAL, whose “Aversions” tape appeared on Absurd Exposition this past summer, and by his own accord. Artwork by Shea Hardacre.
C16. Edition of 54 pro-dubbed on black tapes with paper labels.
Includes download code. Download includes PDF artwork.