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Skatch Surveillance

by T.D. Skatchit & Company

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    "spritz, spray, gargle, piggy noises, mood intonations, hm, arigato, ah!, ahhh, grumble, end of voice awes (stretched), and some words “we do (know)”" KFJC FM 89.7

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We Do Know 02:48
Sirena 03:02
Despair 00:52
Wind Bag 03:18
Gurgle Surge 03:04
Sting' em 02:29
Quiet Terror 01:10


“Thomas Skatchit continued to design and construct new skatchboxes while his cousin David mixed the various waveforms that had been recorded. The Skatchits had been seen at concert halls, bar rooms and dives, listening to and making note of the growing potential of Skatch.”
And so continues the mythology of T.D. Skatchit & Company - Tom Nunn and David Michalak playing skatchboxes in trios with various Bay Area improvisers.
”A secret Society of Skatch was formed to celebrate the wondrous sounds of the Skatchbox. Covert arrangements were made to meet and record the new skatch music you hear on this recording!”
Skatch Surveillance, their 3rd release, celebrates the ongoing development of skatchbox techniques pioneered by Tom and David and is an exploration of the varied influences guest musicians bring to the music of Skatch. The 16 tracks include – We Do Know, Detective Skatchit, Skatch Surveillance, Your Brain on Skatch and others. Guest musicians include: Aurora Josephson, Chris Brown, Jonathan Segel, Karen Stackpole and others.

“Skatch Surveillance is a seasoned expression of a unique instrument ~ the Skatchbox.” Walter Ruffman, S.F. Monical


released January 24, 2012

Tom Nunn - skatchbox
David Michalak – skatchbox

Guest Artists
Aurora Josephson– voice
Thollem McDonas – piano
Jonathan Segel – violin
Rent Romus – alto saxophone
Chris Brown – electronics
Polly Moller – bass flute
Ron Heglin - voice
Karen Stackpole – flipper metal
Scott R. Looney – piano
Phillip Greenlief – tenor saxophone
Tom Djll – trumpet
Tony Dryer – contra bass


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Edgetone Records San Francisco, California

Edgetone Records is place for new music crossing the genre boundaries. Founded by musician/producer, Rent Romus, the label took shape in 1991. After being on a long hiatus Rent re-opened Edgetone in January 2000 and expanded it to support D.I.Y. (do it yourself) artists looking for a ground base and community label identity. ... more

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