Vox Humana was an experiment in process, for us; rather than having full parts written before the recording process began, we took a progression of 6 chords and each band member recorded one ten-minute take of material they’d prepared beforehand, and improvisation over the progression, on however many instruments they wanted to use. These recordings were then treated as source material, and were cut up, rearranged, treated electronically and manipulated to become the final piece.
The record was packaged in 2 versions- an edition of 50 handmade boxes, filled with screen prints, acetates and a handmade screenprinted book, and an edition of 100 in hand printed recycled card sleeves.
from Vox Humana
released November 1, 2007
Rhiannon Armstrong – violin
Neil Walsh – viola, glockenspiel, guitar
Nicole Robson – ‘cello, toy organ
Nick Gill – electric & acoustic guitar, ‘cello, singing, production
Dave O’Brien – double bass, piano, kora
Martin Austwick – electric & acoustic guitar
Ed Howard – drums
Ve Knowland – singing
Recorded at Nick & Dave’s houses, and at Ed’s studio; recordings were treated, mixed & produced by Nick at home.