Joy Sound I is the debut release by Joy Sound (Lois Hopwood), out on
the 11th of August 2014.
A visual artist and graphic designer, this is her first musical work.
Joy Sound I consists of four tracks of screaming noise, tones like
rumbling factories, dialogue fragments, at times edging towards power
electronics. Firmly a Noise record, Joy Sound I deliberately avoids
melodies and recognisable notes, processing them into harsh sweeps and
The impetus behind the project was her desire to be creative outside
of her normal field, and with different approaches - working in a
process driven way rather than conceptually.
Joy Sound I is split between tracks created digitally (A Deafening
Silence, Eulogy), and tracks consisting entirely of analogue sound
(Appreciative Gesture,To See You Smile). These two approaches allow
Joy Sound to utilise both the complete freedom of digital and the
creative limits of analogue to create a release with much more sonic
variety than the phrase '18 minute noise EP' conjures up.
The physical release is a yellow cassette tape in a grey case.