Front & Follow present the fifth in our series of split releases bringing together two of our favourite artists. Volume 5 features Dunning & Underwood, aka Graham Dunning and Sam Underwood.
‘The Blow’ project brings two artists together to formulate a collaborative release of their own making. Each artist has a side of audio to do whatever they want with. The two artists are encouraged to work together on the release, but the length and depth of this collaboration is completely up to them and agreed on a release-by-release basis – there are no set parameters, no fancy rules, no memorandum of understanding, no initiation ceremonies.
Each edition of The Blow comes on limited edition cassette with artwork by letterpress artist David Armes of Red Plate Press (redplatepress.com
) and download.
Dunning and Underwood’s collaboration for The Blow focuses on recordings made using The Mammoth Beat Organ.
They describe their machine as "a modular, mechanical music contraption" and that it is "designed as a two-player, semi-autonomous musical instrument, it plays unusual, sometimes erratic compositions drawing on drone music, minimalist repetition and fairground organ techniques." The organ made its live debut at Supersonic festival in Birmingham in summer 2018, with more live performances planned for 2019.
You can watch The Mammoth Beat Organ is action, and an insight into how they made it, here - youtu.be/9C-Ggcv7GiA
Find out more about the project here - mammothbeatorgan.co.uk