‘The Philosophy of Mediadropping’ is a relentless musing on the practice of mediadropping – the dropping of home-made CDs, DVDs, tapes, books, manuscripts, etc. in public places for random people to find.
Mediadropping is a pathological habit of mine. My old Resonance show, ‘The Exciting Hellebore Shew’, documented many mediadroppings in detail (or tapedroppings as I referred to them back then, as cassette was the weapon of choice). Special ‘music’ was consigned to cassette or CD-R and scattered hither and thither. Over time, an instrumentarium was built up specifically geared toward sonically shocking unsuspecting mediadropping recipients.
Mediadropping may be seen as a physical analogue of the ‘crapflooding’ and ‘trolling’ phenomena of the internet age, but this is a debatable comparison to be treated in a later posting here. In the meantime, tune in to catch ‘The Philosophy of Mediadropping’ and hear Luscombe’s voice fed through a sawn-off trolley and a garage door. Feel the cassette-grot erode your tolerance threshold.
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Piping out unenlightened smog for the inverted jet nozzle of your sound perception to spray your brain internally with sweet anti-music… you guessed it, we present a compilation of deliberately unlistenable noise-musics.
- Introduction, recounting the story of essex white-van lads who force passers-by to listen to happy-hardcore and gabba techno resulting in their arrest.
- Sweet, Sweet Anti-Music.
- Pulsar Cannon – an electro pop number simoltaneously boasting of Dan’s game-playing ability whilst bemoaning his own sense of social exclusion.
- Tape made for George Webster’s Mum – Please do not let your son insult me in those ways. He casts doubt on my sexuality.
- Untitled Track (Recorded on two tape-recorders in a bornmouth hotel. )
- Jim’l Fix It
So… you’ve jumped skyward, walked forward, stepped backward, looked downward, you’ve been in all directions but now it’s time to go awkward.
- Life of Leylandii.
- Helecopter Crash Fasions (harsh-sounding electro pop instrumental)
- Uncomfortability introduction (crazy person on a train)
- Lament for the demise of the casette – the Resonance Tape-Dropping project.
- Mrs Shardenfraude (Performed on a barbed-wire guitar)
- Story: Making the Animal Pretty
- Mode of Transport (Partly recorded in an industrial water-barrel)
- I Collect Plastics – Transistor Six, featuring Sexton Ming
- Untitled mediochre tape-dropping noises.
Pilfering through the voices of today’s logicians… First Broadcast on October 23, 2003.
- Begins with nose-picking complaint, instructing listeners not to listen to the Hellebore Shew.
- ‘Bring me a hail of slow-motion on a plate please (followed by the aerial bombardment of your head)’ – Ray Stispozeille, an atempt to subvert the ‘think before you talk’ ethic. Unintentionally tedious.
- Commentary: The rights and wrongs of tape-dropping fodder.
- Intermission by poet and musician Mr Legge, in which he interrupts his own performance with an ad-hoc poetry one-man convention.
- Makeover – recorded betwixt the 20th and 21st centuries in Hertfordshire.
First broadcast on November 19th 2003, this episode of the Exciting Hellebore Shew celebrates George W Bush’s visit to London. It’s dedicated to the American president, and also to bushes in general. The highlight of the show is certainly “chemical attack”.
George Bush introduction.
A Recording made from within a bush.
Re-constituted tape found within a bush. A selection of distorted and garbled high-NRG tunes.
George W Bush poem (by George W. Bush)
Blunder Baby (Does anyone want a hamburger?)
Chemical attack on the underground
“Strange music and post-boring stories for the next half hour”. The first ever episode of the Exciting Hellebore Shew. Originally broadcast on Sep 3, 2003.
* A love song about fleas (Start the show on a high-note)
* DJs of Unfairness
* The Hermit
* Leper in a Tumble-dryer
* Doug’s Piss-up
Dan finds himself made redundant because a robot voice has taken over the Hellebore Shew.
* Introduction: Conflict with a some kind of robotic voice thing, leads to a lamentably shambolic fight in the studio.
* Catch the nail-bomber.
* Kerb Crawling in the 22nd centuary, interrupted with an actual act of wandering around.
* A high-brow link, interupted as the robot thing attempts to eat Dan’s notes as revenge for disconnection. On radio… nobody can hear you cry (except the engineer)
* Untitled Track – “Just a Load of Noise”
* The real Dan Wilson unmasks an imposter.
A documentary on audio-flyering (or tapedropping): the unfine art of purposefully dropping a cassette of supposedly messed-up “distressed” music and sound as an affront to music retail. This episode was first broadcast on October 17th 2003.