written for Probemusic,
and flutter. These words are the mantra of DJ Ordeal. It doesn't
wow him if it doesn't flutter. If it doesn't sound like the record
is warped he's not interested. He won't get out of bed unless
the turntable drive belt is saggier than charity shop Y-fronts.
His latest release is Magic Trick, a vinyl edition limited to
just 25 copies, or a CDR of quantity limited only by demand. Magic
Trick is the sound of an adolescence refracted through a cracked
prism, of blurred and blunted beats and sporadic shafts of brilliance.
It is schizoid, blitzoid and misfitzoid and only marginally more
coherent than the 80s pop pillage that was previous album, Organistics.
he claims not to be obsessed by warped records or worn turntable
belts. ("Sounds rather unhealthy.") So why do his tracks sound
like they're playing that way? "I am at the mercy of some very
suspect and ancient equipment. The four track has a life of its
own, I am sure the most ancient tape machine will explode and
the record deck is crap. I'd buy a new one but I'm skint, owing
to getting silly records pressed up on a far too frequent basis!
But I definitely get a buzz from the results of unpredictable
equipment. It's the element of surprise."
real surprise is that he doesn't use a computer for his insane
constructions. ("Or deconstructions!") So what does he use? "Well
that'll be those wondrous old tape machines, video audio output,
Dictaphone and old scratchy records." And the process? "Recording
all the bits, listening back, recording beats, press pause, record
that bit again, press pause, that bit again. Press pause, that
bit again. Press pause, that bit again. Hello? You still with
he's not obsessive? Then his motivation must surely be sonic terrorism.
"No." What then? "I love playing around with sound and melding
things together to create a mood or atmosphere. I enjoy strange
records and having fun making 'em."
most accessible moment to date is almost the most easy to obtain.
Maureen, a 7" single for the Johnny Kane label is the record that
Scott Walker would've made, had he taken an acid trip in a loony
studio and found that he enjoyed dissociated film samples and
strange records and having fun making 'em. DJ Ordeal's hoping
that future releases can be made available on the internet for
free, so perhaps some enterprising, and darkly disturbed, reader
could help him out? firstname.lastname@example.org