In April 2021 we launched our digital label 'Eastern Ears'. The purpose of the label is to release live recordings from Plink Plonk performances, to share recordings from local and emerging musicians and improvisers, and to support of those artists we have worked with through our many projects.
The series was launched with two albums, the first from Norwich based improviser, Simon Komma and the other from Plink Plonk favourites, Twinkle3:
Uncompromising and utterly committed, Simon is a unique improviser but ‘The Holographic Truth’ shows a more tender side. Combining home-recorded guitar textures and improvised lyrics and vocalisations, only two pieces are pre-composed with the rest showing the relationship between Simon’s improvisational awareness and the instant composition skills he has honed with years of improvising. Simon’s contributions to The Plank have included processed vocals, radio, prolific piano playing and more.
Twinkle3 consist of the the playful sounds of Clive Bell (shakuhachi and other woodwind), David Ross (drosscillator and percussion) and Richard Scott (electronics and analogue synthesiser). Individually, the members of this trio have worked in a wide range of contexts, including with saxophonist Evan Parker, bassist Jah Wobble and trumpeter Axel Dorner. Clive Bell is a regular contributor to The Wire, and David Ross has extensive experience as a workshop leader, as well as performing, and has led several education projects for Eastern Ear and YARMONICS.