CONTROL VALVE #056 IS NOW READY FOR DOWNLOADING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
artist: Vasectomy Party
title: “The Truth is Illusive”
Bio/statement: “Vasectomy Party is the noise project of Hal Harmon (b.1976). Based out of Palmetto, FL, Vasectomy Party was formed out of pure boredom and isolation in the early days of 2012. The project was initially formed for private sound experimentation, but through the countless inspiration and encouragement of others, has had a steady stream of releases and live performances over the years. The project is grounded in the harsh noise idiom, but with forays into wall-noise, drone, glitch, tape manipulation, and electro-acoustic noise. In addition to Vasectomy Party, Harmon also records wall-noise under G’Mork and The Man With Icy Eyes, collaborates with Zachary Short in Nexus Monkey and Ry Sikora in Zone Tripper, runs Forever Escaping Boredom Records (est. 1997), and publishes Dialtone Aggressor zine.
The Truth is Illusive is loosely inspired by a conversation about the tension between seeking individual (subjective) truths, within the context of being part of some greater universal (objective) truth that connects us all as humans. No answers were found….no conclusions were made. I had a vague series of tracks running through my head at the time and this conversation managed to imprint itself onto the sounds presented on this album. A tenuous connective thread perhaps, but enough to inspire me to see these tracks through completion (rather than just junking them, which is often the case). My good friend, I hope you find the answers you seek in this life….or the next.
For the sounds I had in mind to do 3 tracks: a long piece based on a thick layer of white noise with various sounds working their way underneath, a shorter harsh noise track with cut-up dynamics, and a long synth-driven piece with some glitch and dial tones.
For track 1 “The Truth is Illusive” I wanted to record a piece that I had performed live recently. I wanted to capture a dense, billowing exhaust sound with a variety of sounds working their way through the backdrop. Those sounds include: a scratched record, slowed down samples, electro acoustic sounds (broken cymbal, broken glass, heavy chain, scouring pad), and minimal synth pulse. Some equipment used include: Rogue analog delay, Behringer digital delay/reverb, Mantic Conceptual Density Hulk, Numark portable turntable, Arturia MicroBrute, and a Noise Generator by Sisto Rossi.
Track 2 “Objective, Subjective, and the Connective Thread” is a harsh noise piece I constructed using some of the following equipment/electronics: Noise Swash, DOD Death Metal, DOD Grunge, Crank Surgeon Silo Jack, copper scouring pad, Behringer digital delay/reverb, and a Noise Generator by Sisto Rossi.
For my final piece “Searching for Commonality,” I wanted to do something more synth driven, while incorporating some glitch elements and a phone dial tone (one of my favorite sounds). For this track I primarily used a Luna Lab Analog Synthesizer, a Micro Blackdeath Synth, and a loop of a phone ringing.
Recorded and mixed by Hal Harmon in Palmetto, FL in the death throes of 2014.
Photo is a screen grab from a video of Vasectomy Party live by R. Moebius”
- 3 tracks of dense billowing noise exhaust
- as always.....
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