We formed Gidouille in mid-2014 as a noise outfit that would embody some of the principles of Alfred Jarry’s ‘pataphysics, most importantly its role as the “science of the exception”. This means that we tend to do things once and then move on. Or maybe a few times for a short while, and then move on. Each individual thing we do is unrepeatable. Even if we could repeat something we wouldn’t. Everything we do, even when planned and maybe even composed, is seen by us as a completely one-off event. We do record these events and put them onto things like Soundcloud.
We have used a number of techniques in our activity: we circle back to found sounds every so often, having done a number of tracks using them when we started; we really like drones, and have some Indian electronic drone machines we use; occasionally we do things that are fairly deliberately meant to be funny. Recently we have been experimenting with using saxophones in our work, having previously mainly used small synthesisers, samplers, stylophones, piezo electrical devices and such like. Our aim is to stay quite close to a “lo-fi” aesthetic, recording with fairly basic equipment, and playing instruments that are small and often battery powered.
We have featured on: 4 track vinyl EP put out by the SV Altona 93 fanzine “All-to-Nah” in 2016, with our track “Before the match”.
We also both played on the Some Some Unicorn CD “Unicornucopia”, also 2016.
Tracks of ours have been broadcast on several occasions on the Future FM show “Towards the Margins”, and can be found in that show’s online archive.
We have played live as Gidouille and as part of Some Some Unicorn in a number of Manchester venues such as Bar Bangkok, The Zoo and Texture. We are happy to receive any invitations to play live. Contact via our twitter feed
ABOUT EEDIPAL WRECKS.
We were in Stocksbridge, Edinburgh on a Saturday morning, killing time before we needed to set off for the Edinburgh City-Arbroath Scottish League Division 2 match at Meadowbank. (It finished 3-3 since you wondered. Great game.) We wandered into a charity bookshop. It was one of those occasional charity bookshops you get in some middle class areas that make most University libraries look a touch underpowered. Kat browsed in the Psychology section. She came across a 70s paperback edition of Herbert Marcuse’s “Eros and Civilisation”. “This!” she shouted. All the rather posh Edinburghers in the shop looked round and were about to “tut” in that very Edinburgh way until they saw the look in her eye. “This might help us make sense of all the dreck that is happening in the world today!”
So, this tape is Gidouille’s way of putting some of the themes about the nature of the self that Freud and Marcuse set out into the form of Noise. We hope you like it and that it helps you deal with any dreck that comes your way.
released June 5, 2017
Kat: mainly playing percussive devices, stylophone, and using guitar pedals as noise makers. Especially into Electro-faustus and Electro-Harmonix products. Originating ideas for tracks and themes for multiple tracks.
Mick: samplers, Kaossilator, small synths from Bastl, saxes. Finding ways to implement ideas into sound.