For the fourth year in a row, and rapidly becoming a Christmas tradition, Richard Sanderson has released a themed compilation of tracks on the wonderful Linear Obsessional label. The collection is described as The fourth of Linear Obsessional’s annual “Open Access” compilations of tracks exactly two minutes long. This time the theme was the human voice. 
112 tracks from around the globe exploring all manner of approaches to the sounds of the “first instrument” 

The collection is free to download and can be found here 

I would like to wish everyone a very Happy Christmas and New Year.

I would also like to recommend the latest release on Richard Sanderson’s wonderful Linear Obsessional Label entitled Two Minutes Left.

Two Minutes Left is a beautifully eclectic compilation which includes pieces by local artists Chris Whitehead and Soiled/Marcus H. Teesside-born Richard has even been kind enough to include a couple of my ham-fisted efforts .

Two Minutes

Subtitled “87 uses for a microphone” “Two Minutes Left” is an end-of-year open access compilation which results from a recent call for works. All the pieces use a microphone in the creation – after that it was entirely up to the creators. Featuring contributions from improvisers, composers, singers, field recordists and sound artists,the compilation presents a dizzying array of approaches – from intimate whisperings into a smartphone, to exquisitely crafted miniatures- and featuring contributions from the USA, Australia, Finland, Ireland, Sweden, Spain, Scotland, Italy, China, Argentina and England. And every track is exactly two minutes long.

The compilation is available for free download and includes a lovely PDF booklet which also includes some of Richard’s beautiful photographs.


It’s worth putting Richards Comments here and I apologise to all the talented Teessiders that I failed to mention in my initial post.

Thanks for this! There are actually a few Teesside connected tracks – the Dead Voices on Air track includes recordings from Riverside Stadium, the Marcus H/Soiled track features recordings from Skinningrove works and a Redcar Chinese restaurant, the It WillTurn Into A Head track was recorded in M’bro in 1980, Duncan Goddard and Steve Dinsdale are both from Marske, The Field Family from Middlesbrough and Billy Oblivion is from Stockton. Happy Christmas!