Stream: tapedesk – three euro and forty cent


You know what’s missing from your Friday? Yes, you guessed it! An experimental, ambient vocal work composed using flipped coins (adding to a total of €3.40), eight notes, a notebook, and something to record the results onto.

And that’s about all we know about tapedesk, a mysterious artist out of Dublin whose first release is both playfully cynical and utterly beguiling. As this 15-minute piece plays through its eight movements it is easy to become absorbed in the sound of the looped, droning vocals. Reminiscent of fellow Dublin experimentalists Rollers/Sparkers or even, at a push, pioneering vocal manipulator Meredith Monk, this is  a welcome helping of clever composition/oddness.

Read the description on tapedesk’s Bandcamp to get a better idea of how the piece was made. With more expected to come soon, keep your ears at the ready.

Eoin is reviews editor at The Thin Air. Find him on twitter @eoin_murraye