Wednesday, June 29, 2005


"Wayne Butane is a crazy old bastard who lives in the middle of the desert with Mrs. Butane and five cats" quoth the liner notes to Wayne's new CD-R "Imbalanced," but more importantly (for our purposes), he also lives with the thousands of hours of audio recordings that must have gone into the making of this album. From campy old B-movie trailers, newscasts, and commercials from throughout the decades, to pop songs and TV-show/movie sound bytes, all manner of sounds are assembled into a vast sonic tapestry of surreal juxtapositions and irreverent, often R-rated jokes.

Running gags abound: Perry Mason keeps requesting Top-40 tunes from the court, a rude robot recalls favorite TV episodes, and children's records and religious broadcasts morph into ads for feminine hygiene. As clever and funny as those British culture-vultures Cassetteboy, but coming from an American frame of reference, Butane has been creating outrageous sound collages for ages - his early works were (now out-of-print) home cassettes. Although I don't see his new one listed on his website
Flaming Canine, I'm sure he'll sell you a copy (cheap!) to anyone who asks nicely.

Wayne Butane "How Bazooka Joe Lost An Eye (excerpt)"
"C.G. & the B.L.'s (excerpt)"


The Reverend Menagerie said...

I`ve got to get a copy of this.

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The Bobo said...

I have to get a copy too. I am not a big fan of this kind of stuff but he did it so well and it was truly funny. After listening to this you begin to realize how much time this guy has on his hands. That is no easy feat. I would like to see his library! A giant conglomeration of pop culture.

Mister Swank said...

Heh, I *have* seen his library. He has one room stacked floor to ceiling with shelves full of albums, 45's, VHS tapes, cassettes, reel-to-reel tapes and 8-tracks, and in the center of it all, a small desk with a computer, a mixer, a turntable and a stack of tape decks. Next to that is a black binder with pages and pages of notes on sample structure and tiny bits of magazine cutouts and stickers. Next to that is an antique .455 Webley-Fosbery automatic revolver, "just in case Johnny Mathis shows up again".

In fact, thanks for reminding me to put the new CD up on the site - I'm sort of his web guy. (:

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