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Off The Record #11: "Found Sounds"

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Cherry Red's Cafe Bar

92 John Bright Street

Birmingham

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Off The Record is a Birmingham-based music meetup. The event is centered around making time to listening and appreciating music – specifically, an album in full.

This is our eleventh event. It works something like this: people will arrive, grab food/drinks from the lovely bar and café, and then we’ll sit back and listen to an entire album together, followed by a group chat about it – yep, a bit like a book club.

The theme and album

This event we’ll be following the theme Found Sounds – music built around samples of other recordings.

The album we'll be listening to is The Avalanches' 2000 debut "Since I Left You". It made the top 10 in the UK and the US and was named one of the albums of 2000. Pitchfork gave it a 9.5/10 rating, describing it as "the perfect record for the party, and for the period of regret and recovery after the party". Sounds right up our street!

This time, our session will be curated by Rob Lindsay, a Social Media-er and adopted Brummie, who is easily distracted by musical rabbit holes. Rob chose this album because "sampling allows a producer to draw upon any and every sound they hear from anywhere in the world. Yet albums like this one, which throw their arms wide to a range of moods and surprises, and yet manage to retain a consistent aesthetic, remain frustratingly few and far between."

We'll be listening to this record in full on the night, but wait, there's more! After we've heard the main album, it’s over to anyone else who wants to play a single song that fits our theme: Found Sounds. We’re not too strict, but the idea is that you’ll pick a song that matches the theme, introduce it to the rest of the group, and then we'll listen to it.

If you've got a song or artist that makes use of samples, field recordings, mysterious unknown audio sources or other definitions of "found sounds", then bring it along and share your story with the group! If it’s on Spotify or you have it on a portable device, bring it along and you can tell everyone why you love the song (and the album).

What’s this all about?

What’s the point? Why not just listen to it beforehand? Well, half-listening to an album while you’re grappling for a seat on the bus or pretending to work at your desk for the last hour of a Wednesday isn’t the best way to make time for experiencing a record. We want to try to experiment with putting aside time to engage properly with an album, really devote half an hour or so to taking it in, then hearing what other people thought of it. And discovering new stuff that other people really love. That’s the idea.

How much does it cost?

The event is free. The pub does good food so if you fancy some food while you're listening then you're in the right place. Cherry Reds has a brilliant beer selection and does teas and coffees too.

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