May 7th, 2012 |  Published in Blog

Side A | Analog System | “His face is turned toward the past” | Tape Noise  |Dematerialisation of the musical object  | Tshirts with cassettes on them  | Side B  | High Bias   | “…would like to stay, awaken the dead, and make whole what has been smashed.”  | materialist counter-insurgancy  | Memorex  | “Home taping is killing music”/”Keep Calm and Carry On”  | proposal for Tshirt logo: cassette wearing the beret of Che Guevara  | “…the pile of debris before him grows skyward…” |

Above brain dump in lieu of yet another abstracted theoretic piece on the phenomenon of tapes’ popular resurgance in the age of the mp3. I don’t have a particular emotional attatchment to tapes so I’d just Theorybitch (copywrite Seth Cooke) about them. Naomi Christie however seems to have a genuine liking for them and that makes her new series about them, on ResonanceFM a really engaging listen.

It’s been a bit remiss of me not to mention this before. The show  “Cassette” has been playing for weeks now and despite blathering about it elsewhere I’ve not mentioned it on here. I should have mentioned it for at least two reasons 1) it’s a wide ranging and entertaining listen that the kind of people who read this site are likely to be very interested in and 2) a Bang The Bore project provides material for 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, made in enclosed car parks and played back via c60 cassette tapes. I won’t say too much about the piece here, as we’ve already discussed it at length in several places on this site, and you can find out more by tuning into ResonanceFM at 10:30 this Thursday evening (10th May) or, if you miss that, by downloading the podcast. I’ll just add that the second performance of the piece is coming up next weekend – 12th May – at the John Hansard Gallery in Southampton. 12 Tapes is paired on the program by a piece that is both surprisingly similar and quite different – John Wynne’s installation for 40 Cassette tapes playing back a sine wave 440 hz (A) – neatly giving you side A and side B.

So Cassette Radio – we’re currently 5 episodes into the series, having taken in mixtapes, piracy, tape trading and tape labels, the lingering presence of tapes in car stereos, and now sound art and composition that utilises cassettes. All of them are available on podcast and well worth a listen.

His face is turned toward the past.

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May 7th, 2012 | by | Published in Blog