Nudibranch and the Moondew

by The Fruiting Body

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"Around the turn of the century, Buttress O'Kneel turned momentarily away from her obsession with slicing and re-arranging the pop stars and news reporters of the day, and decided to slice and re-arrange something else instead. Ms O'Kneel teamed up with Ms Panthera Leo, well known around the World Famous Guitar and Plunger Studio Compound for her all-encompassing love of nature in all its guises, and together the two decided to form a musical troupe dedicated to taking the 'sounds of nature', and reconfiguring them into more modernistic styles of music. Of course, this forward-thinking pair of young ladies were not about to ignore the sounds of 'human nature', and as well as utilising the sounds of traditionally 'natural' sounds such as birds and rain, The Fruiting Body (as they named their project) also used the sounds of cars, trams, and all manner of human environments as fodder for their detourned aural works. The dynamic duo created two albums in quick succession: the first was called 'The Field', and the second was called 'Nudibranch and the Moondew'. Other than a handful of friends and colleagues, both albums have sadly remained largely unheard and unreleased - until now, more than a decade later.

As 2001 approached and planes crashed into buildings, Ms O'Kneel's political output would take over much of her creative life, and Ms Leo's focus would move on to more spiritual and practical matters, and 'The Fruiting Body' was lost to the Great Hystory that swallows all things. So it is with great pleasure, and some vainglorious pride, that we can bring you this work from so long ago. Please note, all downloads come with scans of the original artwork. Please also note that, as the ingredients of the songs were just as important as the finished results themseves, each song's ingredients are easily accessible by clicking on the 'lyrics' section of the Bandcamp portal mechanism link for each song.

Enjoy! And, who knows - if enough interest is shown, perhaps The Fruiting Body could be encouraged to reform and re-record once more... Here's hoping."

Department of Hystorical Vainglory


released May 23, 2001

PANTHERA LEO: recording, assembly, photography
BUTTRESS O'KNEEL: assembly, recording, design




Buttress O'Kneel Australia

“Words like "mashup" and "remix" don't really do justice to Buttress O'Kneel's method - Top 40 pop crap gets sliced, diced, and tossed into a dizzying, exciting hardcore electro stew. Compared to other djs who timidly drop a Vanilla Ice acapella over a Chemical Bros intro just to move a dance floor, O'Kneel shreds copyrights with a blood-curdling vehemence. Smash the state!”
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Track Name: Rubber Trumpet
2 rubber bands, plucked
1 retractable ball point pen, clicking
2 Bessemer saucepan lids, ringing
1 elephant, thumping
1 elephant, spraying
1 elephant, rumbling
1 extremely low sine wave
Track Name: Stationery
1 zip, zipping
water, splashing onto pier rocks
1 piece of paper, being torn
1 staple gun, stapling
1 ballpoint pen, scribbling on paper
3 rubber bands, stretched and plucked
1 WWII war-time era match, igniting
2 crackly vinyl recordings of water dripping
1 knife, wobbling
Track Name: Spoke with a Paintbrush
several bicycle spokes, twanged with a paintbrush handle
Track Name: A Little Horse
1 flock of vultures, feeding
1 door handle, squeaking
1 piece of paper, turning
several hyenas, gibbering
1 adult male human, clearing throat and coughing
Track Name: Cowcatcher
2 cuckoo clocks, chiming
1 horse, whinnying
1 Japanese ceremonial bell (and crowd), 'ringing in' the Year 2000
1 toothbrush, brushing
1 pair of scissors, scissoring
1 electric doorbell, ringing
1 wolf, howling
1 retro telephone, ringing
miscellaneous wind
2 microwave bells, dinging
1 audience, applauding
Track Name: How do they Keep all that Metal in the Air?
1 Boeing 767, descending overhead
Track Name: Blood Orange
2 radar monitors, pinging
1 boat bell, chiming
1 Shure dynamic microphone, tapped
1 adult male human, moaning
1 fragmented owl
1 air raid siren, going off
several elephants, sleeping
several elephants, walking through water
Track Name: Eel Race Road
3 barking tree frogs, barking
1 can of hair spray, shaken
several elephants, walking through water
3 bottles, being blown over
1 eastern rosella
miscellaneous thunder
1 pig frog, calling
several cricket frogs, calling
miscellaneous beach atmosphere
Track Name: Inside the Hole in the Wall
1 automated teller machine, transacting
Track Name: Zone 4
1 tram, clanking
1 pedestrian crossing safety mechanism, ticking
1 truck, reversing
1 ticket validator, validating
2 passenger stop request signals, beeping
1 tram warning bell, ringing
1 set of tram doors, opening
1 set of train crossing bells, chiming
several gas tanks, clanging
1 british police siren, wailing
miscellaneous city atmosphere
Track Name: Perfume (for Cowcatcher)
1 backwards cuckoo clock, chiming
1 human, walking
1 truck, accelerating
1 wooden ruler, twanging
1 perfume atomiser, spraying
Track Name: Thoron
blank tape hiss
ice, thawing

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