Limited CD edition available from the Bit-Phalanx Store: bitphalanx.bandcamp.com/album/silfurberg
(Deluxe all-red Polycarbonate CD in vintage CD-Rom caddy, housed in bespoke O-Card sleeve with 12 page booklet, in stickered sealed mylar bag).
Modified Toy Orchestra - Silfurberg.
(BITP028DL - Bit-Phalanx Music)
With their third full-length release 'Silfurberg', MTO continue their exploration of modified toys. Focusing on the untapped potential of small toy Casio keyboards, the new project takes them into darker territory than previous releases 'Toygopop' and 'Plastic Planet' - embarking on a transcendental voyage outwards from the first stellar navigation aide (the Viking sunstone known as "Silfurberg") through empty cosmological vistas and ultimately journeying ever outwards into the sublime, higher dimensional 'Bulk'.
From Gustav Holst to modern electronic 'Space Concept' artists like Matsuo Ohno, Vangelis and Guilano Sorgini, composers have attempted to explore the cosmos with sound and create listening experiences which guide us off-world into vast, alien territories. With Silfurberg, the group leave behind the triumphal brass fanfares and discover ominous, brooding textures, dissonant string clusters and glitching/pulsating rhythms which conjure the claustrophobia of outer space - contrasting the longing to feel the Earth's gravity, with moments of glittering, tranquil calm.
With the new toys forging a more minimalist approach, revealing deeper untapped potential, curiosity for the unknown and the unheard remains a fundamental motivation and inspiration for MTO.
- Fliss Kitson, August 2022.
released October 21, 2022
Written, Produced & Performed by Modified Toy Orchestra.
(MTO are: Brian Duffy, Darren Joyce and Laurence Hunt)
Instruments used & modified:
Casio SK-1, SK-5, SK-8, VL1, SA-1, SA-5, VA-10,
Mixed & Mastered by MTO.
Photographs by Darren Joyce.
Package Design & Artwork Layout by Léigh @ Bit-Phalanx.