20 minute double sided cassette
+ mp3 (download code)
About the artist: Tom White (b. 1986) is an artist currently based in London, UK. Working with found sounds, tape collage, mic feedback and fragments of instrumentation, to create composition, sound art and film sound. White also works with video and photography, often combining all practices.
About the cassette:
“Tom Whites latest cassette tape release for MDTS titled False Ponds more than lives up to this young artists already formidable output. White creates the type of music that intersects noise, dissonance and isolationist angst. Summoning Ballardian imagery throughout, the two sides of this immensely addictive release employ’s lo-fi tape loops, field recordings, guitar fragments and feedback in what is a deeply unique and personal auditory mosaic.
False Ponds is a record that continually evokes and alludes to the subtle process of listening and memory, both personal and collective. From the loops of a child’s voice to the static washes that ebb and flow throughout, this is music that conjures apparitions from forgotten times and places, from obsolete technologies and the hands that once operated them – once locked into these worlds you’ll find it difficult to escape.”
“(…) Built from found sounds, field recordings, lo-fi tape loops, mic feedback, and guitar noise, False Ponds submerges children’s voices and six-string fragments within thick webs of static convulsions. Its settings are industrial-tinged mosaics of perpetual ebb and flow that are equally nightmarish and disturbed. A funereal rhythm animates the second side, which leaves ample space for assorted other sounds to punctuate its slow and steady plod, such as the breathy flourishes that ripple into view four minutes in and the faint echoes of human wail and broken scraps of guitar that appear soon after (…)”
– Ron Schepper