Small Joy - Joy Sound i
IHMR VIII / released 11th August 2014
Joy Sound I is the debut release by Joy Sound (Lois Hopwood). A visual artist and graphic designer, this is her first musical work.
Joy Sound I consists of four tracks of screaming noise, tones like rumbling factories, dialogue fragments, at times edging towards power electronics. Firmly a Noise record, Joy Sound I deliberately avoids melodies and recognisable notes, processing them into harsh sweeps and bursts.
The impetus behind the project was her desire to be creative outside of her normal field, and with different approaches - working in a process driven way rather than conceptually.
Joy Sound I is split between tracks created digitally (A Deafening Silence, Eulogy), and tracks consisting entirely of analogue sound (Appreciative Gesture,To See You Smile). These two approaches allow
Joy Sound to utilise both the complete freedom of digital and the creative limits of analogue to create a release with much more sonic variety than the phrase '18 minute noise EP' conjures up.
She is currently working on tracks for an ambient split EP, and has plans to perform live.
The physical release is a yellow cassette tape in a grey case.