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Twelve Tapes

April 1st, 2012 |  Published in Articles, Artifacts  |  5 Comments

Presented here in its entirety is the first performance of Bang the Bore’s composition, Twelve Tapes:

Twelve C60 cassette tapes, each containing performances based around the note B, recorded live in enclosed, multi-storey and underground car parks. In performance, any number of these tapes may be played in any combination alongside any number of musicians playing any instrumentation.

Twelve Tapes

The composition was composed, arranged and performed by Bang the Bore through a process of open submission. This is ongoing: the material presented here includes only twelve of a potential twenty-four car park recordings. If you want to contribute then you can read the criteria for submissions and take part in the discussion.

It took place at Gallery II in Bradford as part of Bradford University and the Tamsin Little Music Centre’s Immersion and Duration event. It lasted twelve hours and utilised multiple sound sources to fit the theme of that event – although there is nothing in the composition that stipulates either of these factors.

The next public performance of Twelve Tapes will be at the John Hansard Gallery in Southampton, 11am-4pm, on Saturday 12th May 2012.

Twelve Tapes

Twelve Tapes, Gallery II, Bradford, 23.03.2012.

Please note that SoundCloud normalises sound files, whether you want it to or not. As a result, the volume of these streams is variable, with some being too loud. Click HERE to download high quality wav files of these recordings, especially if you intend to assemble your own continuous twelve hour version of the Gallery II performance.

There are twelve videos documenting parts of this performance. Click HERE to view the rest of them.

Twelve Tapes

Here are the programme notes we used for the Bradford performance:

Twelve Tapes
Composed, assembled and performed by Bang the Bore

Twelve Tapes was inspired by a fortuitous charity shop discovery – an empty black plastic tape case with room for twelve cassettes.

If you were to fill that space, what would you fill it with?

I asked that question of the contributors to the Bang the Bore Forum. We put forward our ideas, disagreed, debated and decided together. This is the result:

Twelve C60 cassette tapes, each containing performances based around the note B, recorded live in enclosed, multi-storey and underground car parks. In performance, any number of these tapes may be played in any combination alongside any number of musicians playing any instrumentation.

The tapes were created by a process of open submission. This is ongoing – the performance at Gallery II will only feature twelve of a possible twenty-four thirty minute recordings.

Why car parks? In truth, we just like them. At a superficial level, they’re the null space in every city: one single dreary non-place manifesting itself in multiple locations, like an airport or a public toilet. You pass through them, you use them, and you tend not to linger in them. But at a deeper level no two are alike. Each contains a multitude of sonic environments; each changes in character utterly depending on the time you visit. And maybe we were reminded of Wayne Coyne’s car park experiments with multiple in-car tape decks in the lead up to the Flaming Lips album, Zaireeka, and thought it was a good idea that could be pushed a little further.

Why B? It could have been any note. Cassette players all play at slightly different speeds; this composition aims to explore the notions of pitch standardization and imperfect reproduction implicit in the medium, inspired, in part, by the composition experiments of John Wynne. Moreover, tuning together across time and space appealed to our sense of whimsy.

Through Twelve Tapes we’re exploring the blurring of temporal and spatial boundaries between superficially similar locations; asking questions about our intrusion into our environment in the act of field recording; commenting on the consensus of standardisation and reproduction that supports much of our musicotheological infrastructure; posing problems for the performer by allowing them the freedom to use the materials as they see fit; and imagining other possible ways of collaborating and composing in a group or collective.

We’re enjoying the process of composing and assembling Twelve Tapes. We hope you enjoy listening to it and making your own contribution.

Twelve Tapes on SoundCloud
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To talk to us about Twelve Tapes, or to arrange a performance, email twelvetapes (at) gmail (dot) com.

The performers: Seth Cooke, Adam Denton, Phil Legard, Kevin Sanders and Layla Bert Smith.

Photography by Layla Bert Smith. Video by Seth Cooke and Layla Bert Smith.


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April 1st, 2012 | by | Published in Articles, Artifacts  |  5 Comments

5 comments ↓

#1 Bang the Bore XIII: The Space Left By People :: Bang the Bore on 04.05.12 at 4:27 pm

[...] the shared awareness of the group” – Bang The Bore XIII will present a performance of Twelve Tapes: an international collaborative project, assembled and composed through group discussion and [...]

#2 Black Dogs’ audio plea :: Bang the Bore on 04.18.12 at 10:27 am

[...] Andy Abbott, one of the organisers, is an all-round force for good: he was the chap that booked the first performance of Twelve Tapes at Gallery II in Bradford. In his own [...]

#3 Cassette :: Bang the Bore on 05.07.12 at 11:54 am

[...] one of the episodes (this week’s). Bang the Bore’s presence on the show is due to our 12 Tapes project – a group composed piece for contributions limited to the harmonic spectrum of the note B, [...]

#4 BtB 12/12 #1: Seth Cooke – Gravity Well :: Bang the Bore on 07.01.12 at 7:21 am

[...] inspired in part by the multiple visits I made to such locations to record modulated sine waves for Bang the Bore’s Twelve Tapes collaborative composition. Hope you enjoy [...]

#5 The Darkness and the Light « on 12.08.12 at 9:11 pm

[...] Since the start of 2012 I’ve spent hours in car parks across West Yorkshire, recording for bangthebore.org’s Twelve Tapes collaborative composition, described as “Twelve C60 cassette tapes, each containing performances [...]