Andy Wilson

Monday, 19-Apr-2021 11:48:09 MST

Unearthing Gradiva

Andy Wilson. Cover photo by Alf Megson
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Original Cassette release

Release Notes

The first release, recorded at home in Portland, Dorset. All materials written and produced by Andy Wilson using an assortment of acoutic and electronic instruments. Assembled from recordings made in the six months before July 31st 1981.

Track List

A1 Red Letter 4:31
A2 Philips' Song 1:23
A3 Aztec Poppies 3:28
A4 Ages 1:53
A5 In The Air 2:54
B1 Unearthing Gradiva 3:46
B2 A2
B3 Tiny Animals 1:44
B3 I.F.F.

2009 Interview - Extract

"... influenced by Throbbing Gristle and the idea that you didn't need traditional musical skills to make music, I decided sometime around 1980 to start experimenting and recording myself. To some extent it really was just an experiment - to find out if I could do anything at all meaningful or interesting. I was playing with technology, trying to find a sound that reflected who I was at the time. Although I had no musical skills beyond some basic guitar playing (I'd been in a short-lived punk band) I was working as an electronics engineer and became interested in the possibility of using synthesisers and electronic processing. Some of the first equipment I used I either built myself (like the drum machine you hear on some of the earliest releases, whose weird sound is due mainly to the limitations of my electronic design skills then... but it's still a sound I like) or I made it from kits you could buy from specialist magazines or lone engineers in those days, if you knew where to look - you might order a kit for a ring modulator, for example, and you'd get back a circuit board and the necessary components with a diagram to explain how to put it all together, so you'd spend a few hours with a soldering iron making the circuit, and then a few days using it in various ways to see what sounds could be got from it. Gradually I created a little recording studio, with a four track recorder (one of the early TEAC machines – by coincidence I ended up fifteen years later working with the guy who designed them, Andy Bereza), a synthesiser and sequencer, and various other instruments, effects and control panels, and I started recording just to see what would happen...."

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