Michael Cutting is a Salford-based tape musician and composer, one half of the experimental pop duo Hyperdawn and founder of the group Almost Credible Music. According to the press release, he creates music with acoustic instruments and analogue devices. Derived from experiments with reel-to-reel tape machines, his work is characterised by warped loops, lo-fi noise and an emphasis on the theatricality of performance.
Luft is the new album which is out now via Eilean Records. Full Streaming is available via Bandcamp. Listen below.
The album revels in the imperfections of degrading tape, faltering machines and roughly spliced loops to conjure an intimate yet visceral sonic landscape peppered with tape flutter, crackles and unsteady self-replications. At the centre is the dusty wheezing of a 19th Century organ, with the clicking of its rusty bellows providing much of the music’s rhythmic impetus while its piercing reeds underpin a gently microtonal harmonic language. Complemented at different times by an e-bowed violin, fender rhodes, clarinet, trumpet, sine tone generator and voice, the album’s seven tracks evoke a quiet, imagined journey, a journey both personal and geographical.