Mike Tanner makes fragile melodies akin to what Cecile Schott has been producing of late. He has expanded his scope beyond mere music boxes though. Using parlor bells, vinyl and cassette source recordings, mechanical music boxes, and bits of his own orchestration he has allowed his instruments to dialogue with each other in unpredictable ways. Setting one or more of the sources going he then captures the resulting spontaneous music. The results are dreamlike and gritty. The mechanics of the instruments mesh together with the music into tiny vignettes that pirouette on the senses and scrape at the subconscious. Plinth's album Plays Victorian Machine Music is out on Rusted Rail Records.
[MP3] Plinth -Victorian Machine Music 1
[MP3] Plinth -Victorian Machine Music 6