The Ambient appliance Series 1 (Symphony for prepared dryer)

by Scott Lawlor




released September 26, 2014

At the beginning of 2013, it was very obvious that we needed a new washer and dryer set so the night before we were to get rid of the old appliances, I decided to have some fun with the dryer and record a bunch of different household objects taking tumbles in an appliance that would soon meet it's demise.

My son Matt helped out with the project and we had quite a bit of fun throwing brick fragments, metal bowls, loose change, shoes, plastic coat hangers, wooden alphabet blocks, silverware, a chair leg and even sweet potatos into this metallic beast which had outlived it's usefulness.

After creating a couple of ridiculous versions of the recordings for people with really short, long and eternal attention spans, I decided to scrap the project, no pun intended. A friend of mine actually kept the documentary of symphony for prepared dryer and a year and a half later, after I heard someone on twitter do a piece for microphones in really bad places, I decided to give the set another creative chance and the results are much more manageable to listen to and I feel, much more creative than the treatment I had given them when I originally thought up this concept. I'd like to thank Rune Martinsen & ÿystein J¯rgensen for their album called Triumph Standard 12 which gave me some direction in ways to consider manipulating these recordings.

So now, I invite you into a dark ambient experimental realm, a world where everyday objects are tossed around in a whirlwind of mechanical tumbling, but except for the titles of the tracks, you probably wouldn't know what the items really were.

The album also includes the original documentary where you can listen to us enthusiastically throwing items into the dryer as well as hearing the objections of my wife regarding other creative endeavors which I thought would be fun to record but which didn't happen.



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