The first recording session undertaken specifically for a birthday gift to David Tagg. David turned 25 in 2007, and around this time we were deeply fond of very experimental recordings and sound-collage, and we would have been running the INSTALL label for almost a year by this point. As such, this session yielded very two strange fourtrack cassette sound-collages, wherein I can be heard wishing David a happy 25th birthday 25 times, and repeating the word 25 to an absurd degree. Instruments used included toy drums, accordion, harmonica, wind chimes, guitar, bass, and a massive amount of analog and digital live effects processing. Everything was improvised and layered very densely together, so that the final mix would be unique to the "played" mixer faders. The vocal ad libs and processing were inspired by Throbbing Gristle and early Beck records, and the claustrophobic improvisation was inspired by Birchville Cat Motel. As with future birthday recordings, a handmade sleeve was created and a CD-R was shipped off to Mr. Tagg after the recordings were completed.
released 14 September 2007
W/P by Brian Grainger, for David Tagg's 25th birthday. Recorded at 114RKD, September 2007. This is Milieu Music number MMB001.