Our second project for Paul
Priest's Noisembryowl compilation series, and it's a bit sad is this
one, The Destruction Of Trees, coz we're quite fond of them. One
sunny August day, Skit and I were in The Mmatterialisation Chamber
putting a few ideas into the stuff we were getting together for our session
on Neil Crud's Punk & Beyond radioshow. It was going quite well until
this external noise started bleeding through the headphones, so off they
came so we could work out what it was and close the relevant windows.
"Oh," Skit sighs, "pretty
But then you know him and power
tools, huh? So we work out the sound is coming from out back somewhere, and
living next to a working farm, you kind of get used to the odd tractor and
things, but this was quite jarring, I could tell that because Skit was
dancing like the strange old hillbilly in Deliverance. He stopped
when Sam told him to get off the bed. He knows he's not allowed on the bed.
But I digress, which is most unlike me.
The sight that greeted us out
of the bedroom window was that of a couple of tractors, along with
industrial chainsaws and woodchippers. Okay, let's be fair, this wasn't just
the wanton destruction of trees for the sake of it, there is such a thing as
land management for farmers, plus they have to be conscious of the impact of
their land on their neighbours. Whatever the reason, it's never a nice thing
seeing beautiful trees hacked down. However, never ones to miss an
opportunity, we were straight down there with microphones and recorded a
good ten minutes of samples. Those trees may be gone now, but we were
getting these sounds into the studio, determined to make a permanent
memorial for them. It may be a sad thing, but there are some amazing sounds
in there, especially with a little electronic processing. We look forward to
the next time we get to contribute to one of Paul's compilations, but hope
we can find a happier subject matter for our track. Maybe the destruction of
Tories or something...