Gaussian Transient (Megaphone)

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“By the end of the 80s I produced my first vinyl release, “Freebasing A For Is Me”. An album completely free of any preconception, built as an abstract expressionist sound sculpture. Most of the releases after Freebasing have been based on certain material or a working method or structural principles.
Sometimes because I needed to contain myself within certain boundaries but most times because I had a certain subject of research in mind (like mono/stereo, or white noise, or the abstraction of human speech).
With this collection of compositions I return to the emptiness of “Freebasing”.
Every composition is just what it is. There are no thoughts other than their sonic relations within the construction. I travel from a hospital ward directly into the intestines of a harmonium. From a street with cafés into a busy railroad, into a lighter into, … et cetera. After the endless process of zooming in and out to get every sound in place I gave a lot of time to the production of this disc. New software (Reaper) has given me better and more precise tools for getting the exact sound that I wanted.
About the track titles. I have always been intrigued by language, words and meaning. Several of my seminal works are based on the human voice and on language. Tom Phillips is a British artist working a lot with letters, words and typography. One work particularly intrigued me. During the 70s Mr. Phillips worked on a book in which he reworked existing pages of books. By painting or drawing over the text he erased most of it but left certain word combinations intact. That way “poems” were created. While composing these constructions I learned about Mr. Phillips‘s work and felt a connection. I too cut parts out of a large “page”. That part of a much longer recording is set into a new context but still conveys the meaning it had inside the original context. That’s how I came to choose the text bits of one of these “humuments” (No. 6 from the 1st edition) and use them as the titles for the tracks.”

Jos Smolders