Twelve Tapes – call for submissions

February 20th, 2012 |  Published in Blog

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Bang the Bore is calling for submissions for our collaborative composition Twelve Tapes – specifically, for help assembling twelve C60 cassettes, recorded in multi-storey, underground or enclosed car parks, in B. These cassettes will be used as materials in an open composition, the form of which is currently under discussion on our forum.

Guidelines for contributors:

1. All contributions must be thirty minutes long, or in multiples of thirty minutes.

2. All contributions should be recorded in an enclosed, multi-storey or underground car park. Don’t try to manufacture the environment by forcing it to include or exclude noises – let it be what it is.

3. All contributions must include an audible performed element in B, using its octaves and overtones only. There is room to deviate expressively a short distance from the pitch (much less than a whole note) but its best if this is used sparingly. Don’t be afraid of silence. The Soundcloud embed below is the reference tone we recommend tuning to or using.

4. The performance element should take place in the car park, at a volume level that ‘tints’ the environment rather than overwhelming it. Record the environment just as much as the performance – both should be audible.

A few things to keep in mind. These tapes will be played simultaneously, in any number or order, as part of the composition. Tape players all play back at slightly different speeds – one of the factors this piece intends to explore – which is one of the reasons we’ve requested that people stick to playing B. Try to imagine what this might sound like in order to guide your thinking about how best to construct your contribution.

There is room for twenty four recordings, each lasting thirty minutes. Contributors are not limited in the number of recordings they can submit. If we receive more than twenty four then we’ll decide which to use based on which best complement the others – not based on the strength of individual contributions in isolation. Contributions are more likely to be selected if you’ve been really thoughtful about how you approach the brief.

Submissions should be sent to bangthebore [at] gmail [dot] com. The first performance of the work in progress will be on 23rd March 2012., but don’t let that deter you if you don’t think you can submit in time. It’s not a strict deadline; we only need to have half the contributions in place by that point in order for it to be performable.

This piece is being discussed, digested and debated on our forum. Click here if you want to be part of that discussion, if you have any questions, if you want to read our more detailed thoughts on good ways of approaching the recordings, or if you just want to read about the project as it evolves.


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February 20th, 2012 | by | Published in Blog