cartoons


Cartoons vol. I is a collection of live semi-improvised pieces, each assembled in real time. Cartoons was realized using the sounds of "misused" hardware devices collected from pawn shops, including typewriters, inexpensive digital synthesizers, guitar effects pedals, various toys, reel to reel tape recorder, CD players, and cassette players. The sounds of these (often fatally) rewired and repurposed instruments were further mangled and processed by standalone programs Postmaster and Morphophone, both developed in Max/MSP. Hopefully it may act as a demonstration that compelling electronic performance does not require expensive gear.

Cartoons is noise music injected with a playfulness that borders and breaches into neurosis, entirely made of the sounds of items discarded by their owners at a pawn shop only to be reclaimed by a kid intent on playing with them so hard that they break.