"The air was a chaos of crackling codes, voices, and music."
- Erik Barnouw
The above quote describes Barnouw’s take on the proliferation of radio usage at the beginning of the twentieth century. This quote holds even more weight in our modern times, as we are inundated and surrounded by waves and frequencies of communication. Some we can hear, some we can’t. Crackles and Codes is a statement of these sound waves, a collage of field recordings and composed music recorded around my place of residence in Richmond, VA.
".... a single drone-based track that seems to call up the ghosts of untuned radios. Over the course of its eighteen and a half minutes a slowly moving, foreboding melody on guitar emerges and disappears into a thick background of resonant, suspended harmony." - Daniel Barbiero, Avant Music News
released March 11, 2016
written, performed, and mixed by Steve Ashby
photo taken December 2015, Crozet, VA