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Recorded over a series of four Sunday afternoons, Wakool is an interrogation into an expanded range of techniques and gestures applied to instruments including banjo, electroacoustic guitar, bandura, and eukolin. In part an antidote to laborious studio process, this project privileges live stereo recordings without additional overdubs, processing or equalization. The varied and spontaneous nature of David’s effortless playing across an eclectic range of instruments was recorded transparently to direct the aural focus on the dynamics and nuances comprising each performance. In some ways Wakool is pure documentation of process, simply demonstrating David’s formidable range of concepts and techniques developed over an extraordinary period of experimentation and research commencing in the late 70s. On the other hand David’s meticulous preparation of each instrument combined with his prodigious knowledge of improvisational practice provides a complexity that negates the need for sophisticated studio process. Wakool stands as a testament to David’s sustained and unwavering commitment to improvisation, which he executes with enthusiasm, vigour and inventiveness that easily posits him as the most vital figure in the Australian musical avant-garde.

Philip Samartzis


released January 1, 2007

candlesnuffer: Wakool.

“Everything Is Cheaper Than It Looks”. Prepared bandura. 10:52.
“Sad Dog”. (Gunbalanya). Prepared eukolin. 05:12.
“Old Verve”. (Croajingalong). Prepared bandura. 04:46.
“This Happened When Dogs Could Talk”. Prepared bandura. 04:13.
“Rechabites’ Hammers”. (Wakool). Prepared Astoria 175 electro-acoustic guitar. 05:58.
“Hymns In Spitting”. (The Nobbies). Prepared Astoria 175 electro-acoustic guitar. 04:48.
“Your Fantastic Chemist”. Prepared Tempo fretless tenor banjo. 04:48.
“Words Dissolved In Eyes”. (Gettysburg). Prepared Tempo fretless tenor banjo. 03:40.

Soundfield ST250 ambisonic microphone 
2 x Bruel & Kjaer 4006 Omni microphones 
2 x Focusrite ISA 430 mk IIs 
Yamaha 03D mixing console 
Digidesign Mbox  
Shadow contact microphone
ENGL Sovereign 100 (Vintage 112) Tube Amplifier.

Recorded Sunday afternoons May 2006 in North Fitzroy.
Engineered and Mastered by Philip Samartzis.

Extant instrumental solos, play loudly.
Originally released on ROOM40.


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candlesnuffer Melbourne, Australia

David Brown aka candlesnuffer (b. 1956, Melbourne, Australia) loves toucans, mannequins, tenor guitars and guitar preparations, not to mention stomp boxes. He has developed a range of tiny sounds amplified outside their regular domain to function at rock volume. Occasionally plays a quartertone bass. ... more

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