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I suspect most sound people have noticed the resonance of their washing machines – slamming the door on a clothes washing machine or a tumble dryer usually has a satisfying ring to it. And having recorded my old dryer while it was still functioning led me to dream about disassembling it so I could be more aggressive. As luck would have it, I replaced my old agitator washing machine recently so before it & the Tortured Dryer get recycled, I pulled the machines apart, keeping the main resonant steel body intact but removing the wiring, circuits, motor and rotators.

As I began extracting sounds from them, I built up the level of physicality – starting with mallets and hands, friction mallets, threaded rod, double bass bow, all while recording in my studio. Then dropping parts into them & whipping them with cables. Picking them up & slamming them down, and capturing that warped metal sound when you pressure the side panels. The two rotators provided some very interesting tonalities, which iconic resonant pitchy impacts as well as dampened takes.

Next I moved outdoors and began destroying the bodies by throwing them around, dragging them on concrete & smashing them with a heavy axe. These are such loud sounds I had to wear hearing protection. The bodies eventually crumpled as they lost their structural integrity, and the dryer I ended up flattening.

Recorded 32bit 192kHz in a dry room and exterior using five microphones:
– Sennheiser MKH8040 LR
– Sanken CUX100K LR
– Sennheiser MKH8050 C

These recordings are output 24bit 192kHz multitrack and unprocessed, with full dynamic range intact and plenty of headroom.
Approx 10 takes per file, seperated by 1 second of silence for auto slicing. See file list below.