QCS_146 Norfolk Trotter “Reel-to-Reel Flint Loop” CDr (edition of 24)
A 50 minute recording documenting a 1960’s Stella Stellaphone ST470/00 reel-to-reel tape machine playing a 16 second loop of sounds derived from grinding/rubbing several sizeable flint nodules together. No effects pedals, digital processing or editing was employed. One of the flint nodules contained naturally occurring holes which acted as a handy capstan for the tape loop.
The wall itself is reminiscent (in my opinion) of a crackling fire complimented by the gentle whirring of the tape machine in the background. As the recording progresses the textures change very slightly, this is due to the rough surface of the flint nodule damaging the magnetic tape. Listeners may also notice towards the end of the recording the tape machine begins producing a distinct clicking sounds as it struggles to play the loop.
B&W folded cover and insert is printed onto yellow paper, every CDr is rubber-stamped. A small segment of the original tape loop used in the recording is included with each copy.
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