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Vacuous Ninnies

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"Vacuous Ninnies is based somewhere in the North of England. He has been living there for a year now, having returned from seven years in the scenic cultural backwater of Norwich, where he worked as a Graphic Designer. He produced a short film called Career Opportunities For Biomechanical Cyborgs, an absurd vision of a dystopian future where the machines have stolen all the jobs, which has been shown in a number of animation festivals. Vacuous Ninnies has been making electronic music since 1997, when he blew his grant and savings on a small studio (EMU ESI4000 Sampler, Spirit F1 Mixer, Korg Kaoss Pad, Boss SX700, Korg Prophecy). Before that, he used to play drums in a band called Sourmouth doing Godflesh and Pitch Shifter covers! His method of working is to sit down (very important) and grab a handful of cassette tapes picked at random from a box containing hundreds. 'The tapes can include anything from Autechre, Tortoise and Mouse On Mars to Napalm Death, Stockhausen and Madonna. it really doesn't matter. I then play these tapes on a beaten old ghetto blaster with a knackered EQ. it's completely fucked but gives everything a wonderfully warm and compressed sound. I find a clean digital sample makes the music a little too cold. The signal is then fed through a Korg Kaoss Pad to completely mash things up. I might flick across to the radio, too, to cram as much information into a sample as possible. The more that you have going on in a sample, the less control you have over it. As a result, the end product -- the music -- is far more unpredictable.'"