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Hand Cranked​(​single)

by Contact Field Orchestra

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Andrew Dubber
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Andrew Dubber A man bought a box of mystery reel to reel tapes. It contained recordings of a turn of the century orchestra of ex-miners playing handmade instruments - so he got sampling. Album to come...
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“Hand Cranked” is the first official single from Contact Field Orchestra, and the first release from the upcoming “Contact Field Orchestra Vol. 1”. Beginning with CFO’s signature lo-fi percussion sounds and crackly guitar arpeggios before settling into a dubby melodica,“Hand Cranked” is an oddly pretty paen to human ingenuity. Recorded entirely with contact mics, CFO’s music sounds at once ancient and folkloric; modern and beat-oriented.


released February 5, 2013


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Contact Field Orchestra Altadena, California

In 2008, Damon Aaron came across a box of 7" tapes at an estate sale in Altadena that turned out to be "field recordings" of a turn-of-the century orchestra of ex-miners; recorded almost entirely with hand-made instruments and microphones. This became the source material for a re-edited and dubbed-out mixtape version for HIT+RUN, and the upcoming full-length, "Contact Field Orchestra Vol. 1". ... more

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