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guts magnet sea

by chik white

huuuuu 01:23
ocean-d 01:36
tidetape-b 01:55
bridge-fall 02:02
skun pt2 02:44
roar 5 01:12
clampO 00:33
end-begins 05:45


Includes interview, essay, and exclusive artwork. Edition of 250.

"chik white's latest release, guts magnet sea, is a commissioned album for the BRAUBLFF (materie und laut) series. It collects 12 new pieces. The main core was captured during walks to an islet close to Spidle’s home. He taped environmental sounds and himself playing the harp aloud. Then, the tapes were thrown into the ocean, becoming co-author for his micro-compositions. The salt disintegrated the magnetic tape and added burbling and grunting noises to the original recordings. As such, the pieces deal with questions of authorship and ownership.

The disintegrated pieces are paired to compositions in which the jaw harp acts as a tool to unleash Spidle’s inner body sound. A jaw harp is macabre at its core, as it can only produce sound through the cavernous skull. chik white uses the instrument to jam with the landscape and weather, holding open a discussion between outsider and outside.

Spidle’s music is a proposition to see culture as a brutal and vital engagement between humans and the natural world — rather than seeing it as an artificial division. At the core, you hear a humble disposition for humankind, a provisory act in the complex cycle of destruction and rebirth by nature.

Comes with an essay by Darcy Spidle and a lengthy interview." Kraak Records


released November 10, 2018

tracks 1, 4, 8, 9 – jaw harp, voice
tracks 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12 – saltwater, magnetic tape, jaw harp, voice, field recordings
photo by Darcy Spidle
design by rr-jw
mastered by Christophe Albertijn

all sounds recorded in Chezzetcook, Nova Scotia, Canada,


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chik white Nova Scotia

chik white is the moniker I use for my work as a free improviser. For years, my instrument of choice was the jaw harp, but recently, I’ve expanded my practice to include voice, nose flutes, horns, guitar, and harmonica. Along with the many chik white releases chronicled on this page, I’ve also included select field recording works issued under my proper name, Darcy Spidle. ... more

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