The 25,000-watt sonic gun can project sound for around 7 miles, and Jimmy annoyed his Devon neighbours by testing it on Midsummer's Day, 1996. Jimmy said: "I moved to Devon six months ago for a bit of a rest and this is a project I am taking an interest in. I do not see it as music or art." He said that he aimed the gun away from homes and it seemed to have no effect on sheep.
The Melody Maker said: "He was testing his two
Audio Weapon Systems in a field near his new home. 'He alerted people to
the fact that he was doing this by setting off some military flares. Then
he tested his Audio Weapons System for an hour for a very select group
of scientists and friends. The Audio Weapons System is not designed to
kill people." ... [Cauty] first tested it at a Wire
gig on Hungerford Bridge in May.
... In January, Panasonic [ the "Finnish conceptual techno nutters"-NME] borrowed one of the Audio Weapons Systems for tests on how sonic waves affect the human body at Brick Lane in London. ... A fax from Mr. Smith, the Head Of Commercial Exploitation at Advanced Acoustic Armaments, was sent to The Maker. It read : "The test took place to establish the parameters of the new vehicle solo and in tandem with its sister model, SS 9000K+L. The test featured new software generated for our latest commercial client, EXP LTD, and is described by Mr. Cauty as featuring 'the ultimate battle between sound and commerce ending in the death of all musicians and their ascension to rock-n-roll heaven or hell as befits them.' Yesterday we received communication with ex-Government employees who, in the Sixties, worked on audio weapon development with an offer of help and some ex- classified equipment. We regret any such death or damage that has resulted from our tests, but there are casualties in every war. The Triple A Formation Attack Ensemble will perform 'Foghorns Of The Northern Hemisphere' as part of an educational programmed supporting our research shortly."
Most of this is probably scam, but Cauty has recorded an album of sonic waves for Paul Smith's Blast First label under the name AAA. The album is in the hands of lawyers who are trying to clear some of the samples used on it, and has yet to be released (07/96). It appears to be a Cauty solo project.
More recently, Jimmy teamed up with new Asian-techno
group, Black Star Liner for a _happening_ in a field on Dartmoor.
Jimmy chartered a 'chopper to take BSL and assorted journos out to Dartmoor,
where he intended
to remix the Halaal Rock track in his tank. Apparently, BSL bumped
into Cauty on London's South Bank, while he was driving about in his tank,
he got hold of their album, and said that he wanted to work with them.
Anyway, the chopper was grounded by severe fog, so everyone was put on
a convoy of buses. All the journos were given _orange_ jackets to wear.
They eventually arrived at a field full of military vehicles, and people
in _yellow_ jackets, wearing goggles and ears protectors, doing some form
of formation dancing.
The journos were lead to their seats, and had large floodlights
shone into their eyes, while the yellow jackets let of flares all around
them. There were a load of goats skulls on sticks around the field,
and a whole pile of fireworks let of towards the end of the mix, when Cauty
was mixing in some Jimi
Hendrix. However, this didn't really go down well with BSL. For
the record, Choque (leader of BSL) said in the NME "Cauty's truck is a
bag of complete shite. And he's a f---ing misery guts"
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