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Charles Hayward’s 1970s recordings released

Blank Editions ship Objects Of Desire at the end of May

An hour’s worth of Charles Hayward recordings playing a random selection of instruments in the 1970s have been put to cassette. Released by the Hackney based record label Blank Editions, Objects Of Desire documents Hayward at work during the summer of 1975, when he fondly recalls having the house to himself and wanting to get creative.

“I did what I’d always done, work with what was to hand,” he says of Objects Of Desire. “I’d record onto one cassette machine, play that back into the room while also adding something live, ultra-primitive overdubbing. I’d been doing a lot of thinking about how music didn’t really work in an either/or way, it was only our need to put things in boxes that did that, so whatever the next idea, that was what I made.

“I deliberately avoided using the drum kit too much,” he continues. “Instead I focussed on my collection of instruments collected since childhood, junk market finds, radio noise clouds, second hand keyboards advertised in the back of Melody Maker, plastic swanee whistles from Woolworth’s taped together, kazoos, an old tape found in a Soho dustbin. At the same time the simple cassette machines added their own presence to the sound, whispering traffic passing unpredictably, the crude compression breathing; a lot of the work happened inside the machines.”

60 cassettes of Objects Of Desire have been pressed and are available to pre-order now.