John Grieve

produces sounds for our times drawing on sonorism, minimalism, spectralism, musique concrète, industrial music, noise music, sound art and improvisation using

individually recorded church organ pipes,

stacked tables, having cut the legs, created an organ mouthpiece by cutting, hammering and welding, then welding the legs back together and blowing air down them from a fan inside the table tops,

52 saxophones each repeatedly playing a single note,

one hundred tenor saxophones,

groan tubes,

DC motors, cymbals, steel sheet and the insides of one and a half pianos,

(A short video showing the instruments used to realise the composition can be seen here)

pianos, cymbals, motors and fireworks,

one hundred organ pipes,

two organ pipes played by a fan inside a dustbin and two cymbals played by electric motors,

dustbin machine at the museum of modern art Oxford

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an electrically driven machine for piano insides and cymbal combined with a steel pan played by ping pong balls driven by a desk fan which can be seen here,

tenor and baritone saxophones,

tenor saxophone and angle grinder,

(A video of this performance can be seen here)

Pieces of metal, F1 cars, jet engine and space shuttle.

guitar, drum and hihat,

randomly generated frequencies of random duration,

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thirty organ pipes mounted on a box containing a fan,

organ pipes

a machine for playing La Monte Young's composition "Arabic Numeral (Any Integer) to H.F." (1960). (An electric motor drives a bicycle wheel which raises and drops a hammer. As the hammer strikes a sprung plate the four foot diameter steel sheet vibrates),

Hammer activated vibrating steel sheet

tenor saxophone and vacuum cleaner,

Hoover and saxophone

and homemade instruments.

homemade instruments

(You can see these being played here)

performance at the Crypt, Holborn, London

A small cymbal was struck and then a car horn was attached to a car battery for 30 seconds, the cymbal was struck and the horn connected again - these two events were repeated until the audience left

angry drycleaner

This is an extract from Vibrant Stapler Obscures Characteristic Growth by Hastings of Malawi who were John Grieve, Dave Hodes and Heman Pathak - 1000 copies pressed on red vinyl but 700 were destroyed Papal Products 003

Vibrant Stapler Obscures Characteristic Growth - Hastings of Malawi

Here are some superimposed groan tubes,

a dance,

the insides of an organ pipe

and an abstract film.