Label: Small World
Barbara T. SmithやBernhard Schreinerなど、誰も目を付けない埋もれたアーティストをチョイスしハイクオリティなLP出版を行っているロサンゼルス拠点の注目レーベルSmall World。本作もコレがデビュー作となる1977年地元出身の女性謎作家Lisa WilliamsonのLP。なんと自身の息子への授乳体験より考え付いたという搾乳機を使った滅茶苦茶カッコ良いエレクトリック・ミニマル録音。搾乳機にコンタクトマイクを設置、そこからミキシングボードを介して歪んだ反復音が放たれ、更に各ポンプのモーター速度を調整する事で様々なリズムパターンを生み出していく、えも言えぬ奇妙な催眠効果に包まれる事必至のカルト盤。ジャケットデザインから盤に至るまで全てをホワイトで統一。
PUMP SUCK is a recording in which the artist plays electric and manual breast pumps through a mixing board with contact microphones attached to the motors. Using the dials on each pump to control and manipulate the speed and rhythm of the motors, Williamson upends the original purpose of breast pumps and instead uses these productive (pump) and depletive (suck) machines as tools for amplification and distortion.
Breast pumps have a unique repetitious sound in which many women have described hearing distinct phrases while pumping. Further induced by sleep deprivation, there is a hallucinatory aspect to the recording. PUMP SUCK highlights this mechanistic verbal transmutation, isolated and combined through the mixing board. For the artist, the mixing board acts as a stand in, a wired object that reflects the tethered nature of motherhood.
"Shortly after the birth of our son I experienced what it felt like to be tethered, not only to another, to a small human body, but to a compact motor housed in a cream colored plastic box. I became interested in the automation and calibration of the body experienced through breast feeding and pumping. This feeling of being tethered, of being physically and mentally adjacent, provided a new condition for thinking and making. While grappling with my understanding of productivity and interrupted time, I found the sound of this plastic production machine itself to be generative and wandering. All of these pumps, tethered to the mixing board and amplified in my studio, provided a strange opportunity to make something unpolished, aggressive, droning, meditative, clubby, verbal, subliminal, and direct."
Each side of the album is exactly 15 minutes, the ideal minimum length of time for a productive pumping session.
Lisa Williamson (born 1977, Champaign, IL) lives and works in Los Angeles, California.