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1 review »Right, I listened to a fascinating documentary on this mad set up in Australia a while back on the recommendation of our Ant who is good friends with the man David Burraston (also known as Dave Noyze, check him out!) who's himself involved with this very worthy project and is affiliated with visionary Aussie artist Alan Lamb who has spent many years since the '70s setting up “The Wires ... »

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The Wired Lab- Wired Open Day 2009 by Oren Ambarchi/ Robin Fox/ A Lamb/ G Bradbury/ D Burraston
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9/10 Brian Staff review, 24 May 2012

Right, I listened to a fascinating documentary on this mad set up in Australia a while back on the recommendation of our Ant who is good friends with the man David Burraston (also known as Dave Noyze, check him out!) who's himself involved with this very worthy project and is affiliated with visionary Aussie artist Alan Lamb who has spent many years since the '70s setting up “The Wires”, the construction of which stems from the discovery of a kilometre of abandoned telegraph wires on a farm in SWA. Phew. There you go, that's a bit of history innit.

Now, if you want to know what they sound like then imagine a huge metallic didgeridoo being played by a stoned druid in a wind tunnel, or the most fantastic otherworldly racket like a seriously malfunctioning hurdy gurdy being impatiently processed by Tim Hecker. On Burraston's collaborative side with Lamb the manipulated wires sound like increasingly desperate space invaders buried under a portentous wall of pulsating darkness. The sinister rumbling drone and scratchy flutter of the wind whistling down from the attempted taming of these wantonly abrasive and unruly zing-strings is quite something else that flattens most dark ambient music into the ground.

There's nowt else that comes close to this awe-inspiring acoustic wilderness posing as serious sound art, it truly evokes the desolation and rugged bleakness of the outback, but often sounds kinda interplanetary and alien too. I'm not sure this project would work anywhere else except maybe the vast plains of Siberia where you'd maybe get an icier version of it. Nevertheless it sounds utterly amazing and obviously pretty unique.


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