Label: Apollo Records
フルクサスのGeorge Maciunasの名を拝借し68年に実験アンサンブル"Maciunas Ensemble"を始動、1980年から多くのパフォーマンス及び展示を行う伝説的アートスペースHet Apollohuisを運営したオランダ・サウンドアート界の最重要人物Paul Panhuysen。氏が1999年のソロ作品としてリリース、現在はレア音源化している面白サウンドアート物件[And The Mexican Jumping Beans]のデッドストックCD!!当時メキシコにて入手したという蛾の幼虫が潜り込んだ豆を数十個用意、ハロゲンランプの光を当てると勝手に動き出し、ワイングラスやら、ドラムヘッド、鈴、木材を合わせた自作打楽器を「カタカタ、ゴトゴト」と演奏し始めるという、氏の音源の中でもかなり人為的で無いユーモアのある4つの音源を収録。全12ページの特殊インサートではその奇妙な録音風景を確認出来ます。
Packaged in a Digipak with a 12-panel insert.
Recorded at Het Apollohuis, August 1999.
"Before leaving Mexico City I bought 200 jumping beans and immediately after our return to Eindhoven I started to experiment with them. In the past I've worked often with animals, with birds, crickets and goats. I also use sensors, timers, solenoids, motors, galvano-meters, solar cells and oscillators to produce sounds. … Jumping beans are magical living creatures. I worked with them for a couple of weeks, tried out various recording modes and different effects. The final selection on this CD is rather straightforward. There are four different pieces. For each recording I put 16 jumping beans in 8 containers. Clothes-pins glued on piezo discs were used as contact mikes on each of the containers, which were placed on a sheet of soft foam plastic. The signals on the DAT recordings were mixed on Mackie mixer 1202 ULZ. The beans were activated by a halogen lamp over the table."
1 - The beans are jumping in 8 containers, bowls and baskets made of various materials: reed, drumhead, bronze, plastic, enamelled iron, tin, aluminum and wood. The recording starts with the adjustment of the volumes of the various pick-ups.
2 - The beans are recorded in the same setting as in the previous piece. The recording is made without electronic manipulation or human intervention.
3 - The beans are recorded in the same setting as in the previous piece. In this piece I allowed myself to vary the volumes of the pick ups and the overall volume.
4 - The beans are jumping in 8 wineglasses of different shape and size. The recording is made without electronic manipulation or human intervention.