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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Magicicada finds beauty in the bathroom

Photo by Chad Radford
  • Photo by Chad Radford

This rough mix of “the name of the word” (live) is what Christopher White, aka Magicicada refers to as a “practice” recording, and it’s kind of a preview of what’s to come with his forthcoming Primitive Patterns release due out later this year.

All of the percussive sounds that you hear throughout this track were recorded in the bathroom where White works (after hours of course). That snare (ish) sound that you hear? That’s actually water dripping from the faucet onto the metal basin. Some of the other sounds heard throughout include: towels being pulled from the dispenser, a fingers rolling across the resonant metal handrails in the handicap stall, and so on.

Each of these individual parts were recorded and later loaded into a sampler, and worked into this new, atmospheric simmer with some synths and an MPC — all performed and sequenced live. This is industrial music in the truest sense of the word, but done with an organic twist. Perhaps "post-industrial" is a better term for this interaction of real world sounds and electronics. It's dark, but nuanced with a humanistic approach hiding in there somewhere, eschewing natural and mechanical inflections. What ever you want to call it, it's quite beautiful.

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