Back in the day, nearer the beginning of Falco Subbuteo (the collage, violin & improv duo based in the Northeast of England), they used to sell at their gigs 3” CDs packaged in sealed, UK-style wage-packet brown envelopes. Each 20-ish minute offering would feature randomly selected tracks recorded from various weekly ‘rehearsals’ (that is to say, play-meetings to hone the duo’s sharpness for wholly improvised concert performance). The idea initially grew from LA noise duo Robedoor (during a 2006 visit to the Britain) relating how the most sold item at their gigs would be one-off, unique cassette tape recordings of their weekly get-togethers – of which even they would not retain a copy. While Falco haven’t emulated the unique art-work ethos of this tendency, there is something really cool about the idea of issuing recordings that haven’t been anal-ized into commodity-simulations, all smooth edges and EQ rationality/representationism. This is standard in the visual arts: audiences are well accustomed to seeing drawings, sketchbooks that offer an insight into a creative process otherwise rendered absolute by the framed, over-contextualized Über-logue.
With the new ‘Harrying’ series, Falco Subbuteo are issuing edited rehearsal tapes and concert recordings as bridging fabric between more deftly articulated definitive statements (‘formal’ album releases) recorded with borrowed Rode mics (for an example of such, check out Bork Tensions on UBU Web - http://www.ubu.com/sound/edmondez_falco.html).