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Electronic Samples Cut-Up

A few years ago, Mark Vernon bought a pile of old reel-to-reel audio tapes at a boot sale (think yard sale, but in the trunks of cars) near his hometown of Derby, England.

2002 / Mark Vernon / Resonance FM, Scotland

A few years ago, Mark Vernon bought a pile of old reel-to-reel audio tapes at a boot sale (think yard sale, but in the trunks of cars) near his hometown of Derby, England.

He soon discovered the tapes were all recorded by one man: Bill Howard, one of the most active members of the Derby Tape Recording Club. The tapes Vernon discovered, as well as interviews he conducted with former members of the club, were the basis of a six-part series originally aired on Resonance FM and a program later aired on BBC Radio 4. In this excerpt, Howard demonstrates how samples of electronic noises can be spliced together to create a tune.


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Mark Vernon

Mark Vernon is a Glasgow-based sound artist, musician, and radio producer. He was a founding member of Glasgow's pirate art radio collective Radio Tuesday and has produced programs and features for stations including WFMU, Resonance FM, Radio 101, and BBC Radio 4. He performs and records with Barry Burns as Vernon & Burns on Gagarin records and is also a member of the trio Hassle Hound, who have records released on Pickled Egg, Textile, Staubgold, and Twisted Nerve.


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