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Work by
Vasco Alves
Title
Drum Machine and Transistor Radios
Type
Instrument, 2009
Key elements
Transistor radios, circuit bent drum machine, mixer

Consisting of an old circuit bent drum machine, 2 transistor radios and a mixer, this set up works by capturing the electromagnetic frequencies emitted by the chip of the drum machine and transforming them into sound. The transistor radios are used used as pick ups and conductors, plugging directly into the mixer. The outcome is a sinewave-like, high pitched, rhythmic sound triggered by pre-programmed patterns on the drum machine.

Used live at The Foundry in London, August 2009:




And in a recording with Louie Rice and Adam Asnan, winter 2010: