The Slate Pipe Banjo Draggers current solo live incarnation involves an always developing, constantly changing selection of up to twenty cassette walkmans, dictaphones and mini and micro cassette players.
The sounds created during the performance are drawn from an ever-growing collection of found and prepared tapes.
Lost answer phone messages, language and self-help tapes, corporate dictation notes, discarded personal recordings and music cassettes found from constant visits to London’s car boot sales are mixed up with prepared loops, drones, field recordings, found sounds, pulses and effects throughout the course of the improvised performance.
London's monthly Scaledown event provides a setting for artists to play shortened, condensed or stripped down versions of their regular performances. The Slate Pipe Banjo Draggers have provided these two 15 minute improvised sets.
"A very spectacular hypnotic sound collage that professional music reporters would classify as ‘trippy shit!'" - Kai Nobuko, Yeahiknowitsucks
Full review here : yeahiknowitsucks.wordpress.com/2020/02/01/scaledown-155-a-little-undercover-report/
Many thanks to Shaun, Mark and Jude of Scaledown for the hosting.
Further info here : www.facebook.com/SCALEDOWN2004/
found footage for 26.7.19 is here : vimeo.com/350504000
released February 1, 2020
all music and sound : The Slate Pipe Banjo Draggers