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Natura Naturans


Dave Knott (stringboards, voice)



A CD of one man improvising on his self-designed and built instruments.

Stringboards are essentially hunks of cast-off wood with tuning pegs and

guitar strings attached. That description does not prepare one for what they

sound like though. Distant bells, odd filings and ratchetings, electrical

sounding buzzes, (these are acoustic instruments), giant out-of-tune

dulcimers, prepared guitars, warped blues records...all these and more are

conjured from these simple devices at the hands of Mr. Knott.

The improvisations range from short sound explorations to longer

structurings and build-ups of sound-mass. There is often a rise and fall, or

start and stop approach, using not playing as much as playing. The sounds of

the space where the recordings took place, (the old anomalous records space

in Seattle Washington), can also be heard occasionally. Oddly enough,

traffic sounds seem to fit right in, and some banging from the shop next

door works as well.

The titles of the pieces give clues to what may have been going through

Daveıs mind while he was making this recording, and index numbers will help

you with whatıs what. (I believe this is the first time Iıve ever seen this

feature on a CD). I listen to this disc often, and coming from me, thatıs

high praise indeed.  -jeph jerman

anomalous records
P.O. Box 22195
Seattle WA 98122-0195


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