Prickers & Peckers

by bran(...)pos

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Tymbal is vibrating with joy at this bran(…)pos album, as the label's name came from his excitement at the sounds of late summer cicadas at Tymbal Tapes HQ in the midst of a tour several years ago. And his observations about the chickens in our backyard led to this proposal for a conceptual trilogy, laid out in pairs of pieces across three tapes:

I. Insects (whose drones fuel our emotions)
II. Chickens (whose feathers steal our dreams)
III. Chickens and Insects

"During daylight hours hens love to dine on tasty protein-rich insects. Grasshoppers, crickets, flies, spiders, ticks, and just about any other six- or eight-legged creature they catch becomes lunch. They even snatch flies out of the air and consider them tasty snacks.

But, come evening, the relationship between insects and chickens switches. When chickens hop up on their roost and settle in for the night they are vulnerable to pesky mosquitoes, black-flies, and various species of gnats. There are even reports of birds being killed by enormous swarms of black-flies…"

bran(…)pos is the ongoing audio-visual-performance-noise-musique-brain-bend of Jake Rodriguez from San Francisco. Rodriguez began performing and recording under this moniker with the dubbing of Tape#1, self-released in an edition of 50 in 1997 on Chitah! Chitah! Soundcrack. For more b(...)p and related 21st century musiques, please visit


released December 12, 2015

Prickers & Peckers was recorded and mixed in San Francisco
and Marina Del Rey, CA in the Spring and Summer of 2015.
Originally conceived of by and for Tymbal Tapes, and realized
by b(…)p with synthesizers, Rhodes Mark I, tympani, cymbals,
theremin, voices, pincers, and beak. Much love to Dick Hyman
and Herman Hupfeld.

Design and layout by Tiny Little Hammers:



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