21 maggio 2019

Un piccolo oggetto di desiderio lo è davvero, se in pochi giorni la Blank Tapes - etichetta di produzioni artistiche e musicali di Londra, ad Hackney - ha dovuto venir incontro alle richieste con una terza ristampa della musicassetta: è Objects of Desire, una ricognizione sonora domestica fissata al volo su nastro da Charles Hayward a metà anni Settanta. La ricorda bene l'autore: "Summer of 1975 I had the house to myself. I had some ideas that I wanted to make real. So I did what I’d always done, work with what was to hand. I’d record onto one cassette machine, play that back into the room while also adding something live, ultra primitive overdubbing. I’d been doing a lot of thinking about how music didn’t really work in an either/or way, it was only our need to put things in boxes that did that, so whatever the next idea, that was what I made. I deliberately avoided using the drum kit too much, instead I focussed on my collection of instruments collected since childhood, junk market finds, radio noise clouds, second hand keyboards advertised in the back of the Melody Maker, plastic swanee whistles from Woolworth’s taped together, kazoos, an old tape found in a Soho dustbin. At the same time the simple cassette machines added their own presence to the sound, whispering traffic passing unpredictably, the crude compression breathing; a lot of the work happened inside the machines."