Tom Nunn designs, builds and plays his own musical instruments of which only a very few conform to standard western notation. Two of his most recent inventions are the Skatchbox, an instrument made from objects like combs, washer and sticks on a small cardboard box with contact mics that can be thought of as a güiro on steroids and Lukie Tubes, which are thick walled cardboard tubes of various lengths that are used to excite a series of notes from prepared metal plates and create rich, sonorous tones. Cardboard is an important and cheap material in hard times.
Paul Winstanley plays his favorite old electric bass - an Ernie Ball Musicman that was sold to him in order to fund a broken truck gearbox and has since had it's neck snapped in half and parts of the body broken off and repaired. It's seen some hard times.
The Mission district is one of the longest settled, largest and iconic areas of San Francisco with a rich history and a huge cultural diversity. Some of the most spectacular Catholic churches reside there and it was for the settling missionary effort that the area was named.
Tom Nunn and his family have lived in The Mission for over 30 years and though today it's a vibrant and relatively safe haven it was once a district of poverty, destitution and gang wars. It's been thru some hard times.
released February 25, 2012
Tom Nunn : Skatchbox, Lukie Tubes, Resonance Plates
Paul Winstanley : Electric String Bass
Recorded at the Nunn residence in The Mission district, San Francisco, California, USA.