steering clear of the mainstream
since 2001

june 2010

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noise masters: dogproofracoonbubble
This is one of our "noise masters series" interviews, where we attempt to explore the inner workings of noise musicians - how they perform their craft and why. Today, we have dogproofracoonbubble on the seat. In case you are not aware, dogproof... is a very small noise outfit from Indiana.   While he probably isn't considered much of a "master" by most, he has helped pioneer a very enjoyable style of "junk noise" and is a major contender in the diy scene.  He's also notorious for stuffing every single package he sends out with tons of useful junk.  Onwards.

1) How do you make your noise?

I mostly use the insides of electronic toys and radios, synths, vocal samples (typically always of family, friends or someone somehow connected), bass, field recordings, etc... then recorded and mixed onto various cheap tape decks.

2) What inspires you?

Well, I thought I originally started out being inspired by the hypocrisy of religion, drug abuse, and weirdness in general. Then, as I grew older, I realized alot of it had to do with the reevaluation of my childhood and wondering how I came to be the person I am today. Now I'm pretty much inspired by my past and/or various personal experiences I've had. Really just everyday life. The county I live in, Pike Co. Indiana, has had alot to do with it as well. It may be the strangest place on earth. Oh yeah, sleep deprivation/insomnia has also played a rather large role.

3) How did you collect the sounds for "noire" and what type of sounds are contained?

It's pretty simple actually. Imagine an opened up radio or kids keyboard with the circuit board showing. Then run a chord from the headphone jack into a tape deck with a mic input, place various screwdrivers, guitar strings or whatever on the board in different positions until you find a desired sound. the sounds range from almost rythmic pops and clicks to loud rumbles and drones. the field recordings were either recorded at the coal mine located behind my house, my yard in the early morning, or from various home videos from my childhood.

4) How did you get started in the whole diy noise scene?

It all started when my friend brandon/glitch and I started to make these weird split tapes to listen to when we were high. I'd say I was probably 15 or 16 yrs old. Then somewhere along the lines I received a Relapse Records mail-order catalog in the mail filled with all kinds of crazy Merzbow, Aube, Nurse With Wound, and other stuff for sale. Once we realized that there were other people out there doing stuff similar to ours, who had been doing it for alot longer than we had been, we than became more "serious" about it.

5) What are the goodies you speak of included in the "cut up yr world of sound" boxes?

Each cassette comes wrapped in magnetic tape and placed on a bed of lint with an ancient negative from the '40's placed beneath. The "goodies" will always vary from box to box, but, for example, in one box I included a miniature toy gun, a cut up page from the bible (Aube throwback, eh? -Ed), a valium, a man made from metal wiring, a fortune from a fortune cookie, etc.... I'm sort of a pack rat, so i always have little things lying around.

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