Scott Smallwood – Electrotherapy
(Deep Listening 29)
Sound artist Scott Smallwood has assembled a collection of vintage 20th century electronic devices [from the collection of Pete Barvoets]: induction coils, a diathermy machine, an ultra violet ray oscillator and a sector-less wimshurst machine to create some amazing electro-acoustic soundscapes. Some tracks have a serious sizzling buzzing ambient quality, as if I’m deep in the basement, hearing electricity in the East Village pushed to the limit during an August heat wave. Other tracks click along with a rhythmic urgency and a cloud of hum drifting along in the background. It’s all quite remarkable material, I wouldn’t have known this music was created with analog devices (it was assembled on the computer) if I didn’t know better. With the current glut of electronic music around these days, I don’t just point my finger at anything and say it’s that cool.
Originally published in the Downtown Music Gallery Newsletter.