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raft recordings from economy

by chik white

far falls 04:54
channel harp 02:48
awoke 09:34


Released by Notice Recordings on May 15, 2017.
Edition of 100 cassettes.

To order a deluxe cassette version, visit - noticerecordings.bandcamp.com/album/raft-recordings-from-economy

"Recorded while on residency in Economy, Nova Scotia, as part of the White Rabbit Arts Festival, Darcy Spidle set out on a raft into the world’s highest tide, the Bay of Fundy, to make these beautifully precise and evocative recordings. He traveled with a plethora of organic objects such as seal bones, eagle feathers, and broken clam shells, not to mention on-site-made instruments as well as his trusty jaw harps. Spidle built his raft out of driftwood from the bay, and it was one of the primary instruments used on this recording. Expanding on the palette of his previous releases as Chik White, including one previously issued recording on Notice, as well as the self-released Malform, he creates a set of improvisations that reveal to a remarkable degree the artist’s deep commitment to the ocean, as variations in recording position, occasional rain, and the rushing tide create a rich sonic bed with which to play. Recorded during one week, the pieces are both trance-like and deeply engaged. Listening to this is an oddly serene experience: being lulled and comforted by the polyrhythms of the sea and also by Spidle’s exquisitely assured music-making, which is always present but never threatens to disrupt the sound environment, only seeking to complement it." Notice Recordings


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The Wire / Byron Coley

Cassette Gods / Ryan Masteller


released May 15, 2017

Professionally duplicated edition of 100 on Cobalt tape stock
Letterpress printed by John Fitzgerald at Fitzgerald Letterpress, New Orleans, LA
Includes booklet, featuring writing about the residency by Darcy, and sketches of the handmade instruments
Artwork by E. Lindorff-Ellery, sketches by Sheryl Haws
Mastered by Kyle McDonald


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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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