Hi Everyone, just thought I'd share a link to my new album. CD's are available for pre-order from Hibernate Records, but the digital edition is now available through my bandcamp page. If you purchase the album through me, it's only $5 and comes with a pdf booklet of album art.
From the label:
We kick start 2011 with an album called 'In Our Hiding Voice' from Sublamp aka Ryan Connor, a sound and video artist. Connor was raised by scientist parents living outside various national parks in New Mexico, Utah and Colorado. To date his work has been released through labels such as Ahora Eterno, SEM, Dragon's Eye, Friendly Virus, Pehr and Serac. From an early age, Connor became fascinated with science and nature; an influence that has later fed into his work as an artist. With initial interest in pre-language experience, Connor uses textural sound and images to tap into an emotional response from those who should listen.
In Our Hiding Voice is centered around the kind of listening you might engage in whilst hiding from something or someone, perhaps hiding in empty buildings, underground tunnels or dark rooms in abandoned houses... The initial intention was to create an album based around warm and fuzzy guitar tones but it was after Connor had watched Tarkovsky's 'Stalker', that he began to explore darker and scratchier territory. Connor kept returning to his imagined visuals of children playing hide and seek in a decayed world like that of 'Stalker' and it is through this inspiration that the murky textured drones on offer throughout this album were constructed.
The sounds that you hear are mainly derived from electric guitar takes and run through a Fender tube amp. Several hours of source recordings were eventually woven into a selection of sound collages built from moments of unintentional hum, noise between recordings and other raw material. These sounds were then processed by recording them onto magnetic tape and then looping them back through an amp. Sometimes, the sounds were recorded off a broken speaker on-board his reel-to-reel as Connor deliberately damaged the playhead with a magnet.
(Words: Harry Towell)