When I think of wind chimes I think of the sun and its blistering heat, along with the fields of grass, birds squawking and chirping, and various insect noises you can hear out in the depths of the suburban jungle when you’re sitting on your buddy’s porch listening to the wind chimes – there might even be a plane or two that passes overhead. In a sense, your setting is serene with all of that noise blaring in the background and sweat dripping mercilessly down your forehead. Mullen is able to replicate this experience with his altered field recordings – he can send the recordings in to a realm of unease or to a scene akin to the one I mediocrely described to you. On the cover, you’ll find a room with a bare shiny concrete floor and white walls. All that it’s furnished with are two glass panes, fit for a coffee table, outfitted with small speakers and cords strewn about – one of the glass panes is atop a black wooden box. This place looks like it’d be a part of what Patrick Bateman would call home. If you look out the door, it might remind you of the Others’ unsettling picturesque villa. Just let this play as you stare out in to space, or in to somebody’s lawn. Check out the Soundcloud stream of side A of Wind Chimes below and see what you think of it. Cheers!

The Details

Limited pressing of 250 copies, on clear vinyl. Wind Chimes gathers material from a recent sound installation and performance. Following up on his last LP, Filtered Water, Mullen continues to use site-specific recordings as a means to explore the sonic characteristics of a space; yet here the focus is on the idea of feedback-as-process. Using field recordings and staged acoustic environments, Wind Chimes introduces us to a familiar object – in this case, a pair of mass-produced bamboo wind chimes – and listens as they undergo a series of sonic and spatial manipulations. The original sounds are copied and altered, and eventually re-amplified in different spaces, until new forms emerge and collide with both real and manufactured fidelities. The LP version is presented as a series of miniatures, cut in mono, with liner notes and links to additional audio for a wide range of home-listening possibilities. Ideal for blending with your own home-electronics, HVAC’s, and outdoor wildlife. Each record is housed in a white tip-on sleeve and comes with a color paste-on and insert.

Price $22

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