On 15th June 2013 Bang the Bore presented Displacement Activity, a concert inspired by an exhibition of work by land artists Robert Smithson and Nancy Holt at the John Hansard Gallery in Southampton. It featured compositions by Manfred Werder and James Saunders; a publication by Neil Chapman and David Stent; a sonification of Smithson’s mirror displacement methodology by Seth Cooke; and a special edition of Compost & Height’s Wolf Notes journal. This article collects the documentation of that event.
Erstwhile Records has just announced that their latest two releases are available for pre-order – detour, by Toshiya Tsunoda and Manfred Werder; and Objets Infernaux by Hong Chulki and Ryu Hankil (the first of these, detour, is one of my most anticipated records of 2014). Physical editions will be available in late March, but pre-orders each come with a lossless download for impatient people (like me). Email email@example.com if you’re interested.
Inspired, in part, by Pete Coward’s soft badgering in our BtB feature, radio free midwich’s Rob Hayler has finally begun the mammoth task of digitising and uploading the entire oTo archive of fifty cassette releases. Thirty-seven are already online for streaming and/or download, the rest should follow shortly.
Bang the Bore – a loose collective of occasionally likeminded individuals involved in creating, organising and promoting experimental and improvised music – is five years old in 2014.
As part of our anniversary celebrations we’re extending an open invitation to field recordists, musicians and any other potentially interested parties to contribute to our collaborative composition for sine waves and recordings of car parks, Twelve Tapes. The piece deals with both physical sound phenomena and ideas of audio culture, using the action of imperfect cassette recorder playback to create immersive clouds of hovering tone from pure sine waves, and at the same time referencing the cassette’s place in DIY cultural history and its links to in-car audio and car-park gatherings.
The contributions we’re asking for involve making thirty minute stereo field recordings of a sine wave in enclosed, multi-storey or underground car parks. We require between twelve and twenty four of these recordings, although we only expect participants to submit one each (although you can submit as many as you like).
The link below contains two downloads:
- The score, which provides instructions for recording the requested material alongside guidelines for how the recordings will be used in performance.
- A sound file recording of the sine wave we’d like played back into the space.
The work will be performed at least twice during 2014. One planned performance will take place at Bristol’s Arnolfini Gallery, during which we will document the work (both in performance and a publication detailing its history and construction). We will keep contributors informed of performances, documentation and releases of the piece and credit your contribution throughout.
The deadline for submissions is 1st May 2014. For the purposes of this instantiation of Twelve Tapes we are seeking digital submissions only. Please also include a brief note that includes the location of your chosen car park(s) and how you would like to be credited.
Please email us at bangthebore (at) gmail (dot) com if you would like to take part, or if you have any questions.
TARAB CUTS | JOHN BUTCHER & MARK SANDERS
Friday 21 February 2014 | 18:00 – 19:00
£5 (or part of Friday evening pass) → Book
Tarab Cuts is a new concert-length work by John Butcher working with Mark Sanders, combining composition and improvisation layered over 78rpm archival recordings of traditional Sufi music.
John Butcher – composition, saxophones, sound files, feedback
Mark Sanders – drums
“In Arab culture, the merger between music and emotional transformation is epitomized by he concept of tarab, which may not have an exact equivalent in Western languages” 
In 2011, John Butcher was commissioned by Performa to compose a 15 minute piece inspired by this concept. This was for part of the 5-hour performance, Visiting Tarab, conceived and programmed by the Lebanese musician Tarek Atoui as a modern day response to the classical Arabic music in the enormous private collection (7000 78s dating from 1903-1950) of Kamal Kassar in Beirut.
Butcher wrote Tarab Cuts for soprano and tenor saxophones, plus a multitracked recording derived from some of these shellacs. The live playback reworked elements of solo ney, oud, violin and Sufi drumming and singing. He has performed this piece as part of Atoui’s project, in New York, Sharjah (UAE), The Serpentine Gallery (London) and as a separate piece at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. Out Of The Machine have now commissioned Butcher to expand the work into a full concert presentation, and he has invited drummer Mark Sanders to join him.
The notion of tarab is rooted in a pre-1930s repertoire of Arabic classical music, largely thought to be thereafter diluted and diminished (although it has been argued  that it’s essence remains alive in Egyptian Sufi chant). Tarab Cuts takes its inspiration from these qualities, but is not an attempt to copy this music. It is an interaction across decades and cultures that throws an intriguing light on the contemporary musical practice of Butcher and Sanders. A meeting of distant voices with their own, in pursuit of both common and unfamiliar ground.
Sanders’ and Butcher’s paths have been crossing for almost 25 years. In 1993 they performed and recorded in Steve Beresfrod’s sextet, Fish of the Week – and in 2011 began working on Christian Marclay’s Everyday.
Recent collaboration has mainly been in duo – and two live CDs have resulted. Their duo is represented on two CDs; Daylight, on Emanem; and Treader Duos, on Treader.
 The Culture and Artistry of Tarab, Dr. A. J. Racy.
 Tarab in the Mystic Sufi Chant of Egypt, Michael Frishkpf