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"The resourcefully fabricated soundscapes of Upcycling can be heard as modest yet significant reflections on that fundamental shift. They embody the elevating and transformative action of imaginative involvement with discarded materials. In the process they give audible expression to our ability to resist pessimistic resignation and to realise creative redeployment." THE WIRE

"It’s a fascinating listening experience and comes strongly recommended." --- Avant Music News

"But, like a hyperrealist painting, their sound piece remains deeply disturbing, intimately ambiguous. " 4'33 MAGAZINE (translated from French)

"These soundscapes are claustrophobic and haunting, grim and unnerving, yet at the same fascinating and strangely enticing. This album may be rubbish, but it's certainly not crap. A wonderful debut album from this talented and unassuming sound art duo." --- Fog Songs.

"Sounds become increasingly acousmatic as the acoustic properties of trash transmogrify into something as synthetic as the plastics much of them might be, blending into the monkish ambience in the background, heavily delayed for cavernous auras as if the creation of a new world out of anthropogenic material manifested a new Cro-Magnon." Harmonic Series.

Watch our live performance of trash and treasure:
Rubbish Music uses sound to investigate the journeys, transformations and impacts of our discarded objects. Using our worn out treasures, empty vessels and broken devices as an orchestra of vivid musique concrète materials we examine the worlds we make and destroy via our rubbish.

From the great rubbish patches we have made in our oceans to buried dumps and sophisticated recycling plants the objects we let go of continue in many guises without us. Decay, transformation, re-purposing and recycling are just some of the means by which our everyday objects might persist and change in ways which extend beyond our relationships with them.

These journeys discarded items embark upon also create new worlds, new niches for species. From the changing habits of animals making the most of our swathes of waste, to the rise of plastic devouring bacteria, throwing away objects, and what happens to them next has profound effects. With our toolkit of rusty bells, dirty oven grills, onion skins, toilet plungers, wine bottles, nasal spray and a squeaky chicken toy, we seek to imagine some of them.

RUBBISH MUSIC is the duo of Kate Carr and Iain Chambers.
Upcycling is their first album.



released October 21, 2022

Track 2 composed, mixed and performed by Kate Carr
Track 3 composed and mixed by Iain Chambers
Track 4 is comprised of an edited live performance from Cafe Oto and rehearsal sessions at CRiSAP by Iain Chambers and Kate Carr. Edit by Kate Carr.
Special thanks to Cafe Oto for the live recording, CRiSAP for rehearsal space, Nonclassical and State 51 for forthcoming live performance video.
Mastered by Nima Aghiani.
Art: Kate Carr and Iain Chambers.


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