Whilst abroad in Israel, I found my hotel room equipped with a vintage upright piano. After a few attempts to create a conventional upright piano recording, the plan was aborted due to outside noise. Instead, I jammed paperclips, seashells, leaves and pieces of plastic into the piano strings and recorded two octaves of prepared piano tones and noises.
In the spirit of John Cage’s amplified cactus work, here’s a Puremagnetik version of an amplified Barrel Cactus.
It was set up with a short shotgun mic and a dual pickup system from Trance Audio with a customized preamp. The shotgun mic’s response was unenthusiastic. The contact mics however, revealed a series of richly detailed stereo sounds. They are separated here into two racks - plucked.adg and scraped.adg. Enjoy!