Ernie Althoff


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Ernie Althoff - The Way I See It mp3/CDR.
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Ernie Altoff - Music for Seven Metal Machines mp3/CDR .
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Ernie Altoff - For Two On Blue mp3/CDR .
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Ernie Altoff - Thirty More mp3/CDR .
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Ernie Althoff - Heliosonics CD In the late 1990s, Althoff made a series of small solar-powered sound machines of varying sonarities and rhythms. This CD is an audio document of this extraordinary project.
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Ernie Althoff - Dark By 6 CD A compelling audio record of five of Althoff's sound installations from 2000 and 2003, accompanied by colour photos liner notes on the foldout cover.

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Ernie Althoff - Catchment CD In the middle of one of the longest Australian droughts in living memory, Althoff turns his attention to water as both a sound source and an element of his own instruments. The sound of water is the key element of these recordings, whether in basins, hoses, or rainfall.

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Ernie Althoff "Colour Chart" CD - 18 recordings of Althoff's solo music machines that are intimate in the sonic detail and delicate percussiveness, as they gently beat away like they were right next to your ear. Limited edition of 100, with unique handmade covers by Althoff.

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Ernie Althoff "Moggs Creek Picnic Ground" CD - Showcasing for the first time Althoff's field recording work, this single-take, unedited 70 minute recording (divided into 70x 1 minute tracks) was made by Althoff in 2004 at the titular picnic ground in the Otway Ranges, Western Victoria. It captures near-magical interactions between a plethora of birdlife against a backdrop of windblown eucalyptus trees. Althoff describes the session’s highlight in the liner notes:
... a magpie making repeated short and plaintive calls from various points in the bush as it approaches the picnic ground. Small variations occur in the call's structure as well. In the 50th minute the magpie flies into the clearing with strongly audible wingbeats. It calls plaintively some more. Then it flies to a tree in front of the microphones and warbles beautifully before returning to its previous short calls. Finally the magpie departs, flying strongly to the left to exit.
Moggs Creek is sublime listening as either ambient soundscape or for those interested in native bird song.

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Ernie Althoff "Skitter" CD - A new set of Althoff's percussive machines in various combinations, setting bamboo, corrugated cardboard, metal screws, ping pong balls and more against each other. Powered by turntables, cassette recorders and other small motors, these materials are close-mic'd to create the complex yet subtle rhythms and equisite sonic textures that Althoff has made his own.

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Herbert Jercher & Ernie Althoff "The Sunshine Shuffle" CD This album pays homage to an elegant parlour guitar built almost entirely out of Australian timbers by luthier Dan Robinson. All 99 tracks were played by Herbert Jercher with just the fingers, with no extra preparations or treatments. The CD is intended to be played in shuffle mode. A longtime Melbourne sound artist, this is Jercher's first CD release. Recorded, edited and co-conceived by Ernie Althoff.

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Ernie Althoff "Underground Blue" CD This new collection of Althoff recordings features a number of longer, more minimalist pieces that explore the incidental rumble and texture of the machines created in all their close-mic'd glory, with subtle compositional structures taking the listener on a sonic journey. These machines, often driven by turntables or tape recorder motors, are documented on the inside cover in full colour photos. Limited edition of 60 copies.

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Ernie Althoff "Reliquary" CD For perhaps the first time on an album-length release, Althoff abandons the music machines he is so well-known for in favour of constructing long pieces for small percussive objects. Recorded as three long sessions over three days, each of the three main tracks on this album were created by cutting up each session and overlaying it in thirds over the top of one another. The effect is of Althoff in concert with himself, with rewards abounding for the close listener.

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See also:
The Ernie Althoff Cassette Archive
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