about this release
Soldercup was created on three separate occasions in 2006. Using electronic means to manipulate sounds derived from recordings of Davies’ harp, an initial recorded improvisation was used as a starting point. Davies and Martin then improvised alongside the recording, editing the results, and repeating the process one more time. Soldercup is the result of this process, and marks the beginning of an ongoing collaboration with artist Benedict Drew as the trio Portable.
This is the work of Rhodri Davies and Louisa Hendrikien Martin. Davies is extremely active in the experimental / improv / avant-garde scene, being a frequent collaborator, usually playing harp and electric harp. Elsewhere, Martin keeps herself busy in the fields of live sound and visual performance. The foundation of the album was a Harp improvisation which was then manipulated electronically, the artists then improvised along with the recording then edited and repeated the process. The results are sounds which sonically seem a million miles away from the sound of a harp, rather strange electronic tones, glitches, crunches, crackles. Occasionally I’m reminded of Alva Noto’s stranger moments but really I cant think of any real obvious or immediate comparisons. Adventurous, bold and truly experimental audio. Hand numbered edition of 200 copies. (4/5)
Ant, Norman Records