For my money, Tralala Blip are an ensemble of epic proportions. Over the past 3 years, I’ve been pleased to watch this group of differently abled musicians come to define a sound that is entirely their own. Referencing both classic electronic music and more pop overtones, Tralala Blip merge a kind of musical fusion that is as intoxicating as it is, well, fun!
Being invited to partake in My Radio Heart has been a welcome undertaking. As a sound artist, I am interested primarily in finding new ways to activate our ears. Through their approaches to sound creation – both in terms of source materials and production – Tralala Blip are constantly seeking new ways of approaching sounds. It’s here that our first steps into collaboration have been taken.
Taking the guys out of some field trips around Lismore, we explored the sounds that make up the areas in which they live day to day. Those places that are familiar are often overlooked and with the guys we sought out the special little sounds and spaces that make Lismore a profound and compelling sound space. Using a range of microphones, including contact microphones that are used to collect sounds from objects’ surfaces, we roamed the town listening to everything from giant industrial sculptures to cutlery. We probed the actions of the everyday, listening and seeking sound in the most commonplace of situations.
Before long we had amassed a huge array of sounds that the guys were beginning to weave into compositions – transforming the static and the familiar into warped and otherworldly percussion hits, course melodies or other sound curiosities.
This is but the beginning….the listening will go deep, the radio transmission will grow louder and radio hearts will be electric….