Nov 30 | Massaging The Medium
Read Before Class
- Tape Heads (Chapter 9) from Handmade Electronic Music (p. 47-52)
- interview with Christian Marclay and Yasunao Tone from MUSIC magazine
- “Histories of Sound, Once Removed” , Douglas Kahn, from Wireless Imagination
Today we are focusing on what he calls “inscription” but the rest of the article applies to last week’s topics.
- Discuss analog and digital recording technologies, their qualities and affordances.
- Explore the physicality of phonography and its potential for exploitation and modification
- Break and remake LP records to make fractured aural collages
- Record original records with a DIY record lathe.
- Cut 1/4” tape into a room-sized loop, revealing the physical length of recorded time
- Discuss how limitations can become assets in recording, embracing noise within process
- Christian Marclay mini-documentary and performance on YouTube and article from Frieze Magazine
- Walter Kitundu’s instruments that incorporate turntables.
- Yasunao Tone’s bio page from his label, Asphodel (includes a sample of his “wounded CD” music.)
- Alyce Santoro’s “sonic fabric” (and a related YouTube video that Pierre Schaeffer might enjoy)
- Steve Reich’s early tape music (“Come Out”, “It’s Gonna Rain”)
- Burroughs and Brion Gysin cut-up recordings (ubuweb)
- John Oswald’s remixed audio book “The Case of Death by Agatha Smith” and “Power”, a 1975 track that combines a charismatic preacher with Led Zeppelin’s “The Wanton Song” (both available on the CD “Plunderphonics 69/96“)
- Marina Rosenfeld, art-world turntablist and creator of the Sheer Frost Orchestra (a 17-member all-female guitar ensemble that plays solely using nail polish bottles)
- DJ Spooky (aka Paul D. Miller), turntablist and art/pop/academia crossover sensation, who makes connections between avant garde art history and the contemporary art of the remix.
- “A Brief History of Anti-Records and Conceptual Records” essay by Ron Rice (ubuweb)
- Walter Kitundu builds and performs with homemade instruments that often feature embedded turntables
- Graham Dunning’s Mechanical Techno uses modified records as sequencers that trigger physical objects and synths.
- More CD glitch music from OVAL
- Philip Jeck, an early LP-manipulator
- Brooklyn sound artist, DJ, and curator Maria Chavez uses “ruined” records in her performances and collaborations.
- Break Through In Grey Room, an album of Burroughs speeches and cut-ups made with Ian Sommerville.
- “Plunderphonics, or Audio Piracy as a Compositional Prerogative” a 1985 manifesto by avant-garde mash-up pioneer John Oswald (wikipedia, MP3s)
“… All popular music (and all folk music, by definition), essentially, if not legally, exists in a public domain. Listening to pop music isn’t a matter of choice. Asked for or not, we’re bombarded by it…. Difficult to ignore, pointlessly redundant to imitate, how does one not become a passive recipient? …”
- Brian Joseph Davis “10 Banned Albums Burned Then Played” (ubuweb)
- interview with Steve Reich about his early tape music (2002)
- “A New Musical Language” (documentary, 1987) about Steve Reich’s music (ubuweb).
- How to make tape loops with standard audio cassettes.
- or buy pre-made “endless cassettes” designed for pre-digital answering machines.
- “Box with the Sound of its own Making” (1961) by Robert Morris
- “Recorded Delivery” (1995) by Janek Schaefer
- Otomo Yoshihide’s “Without Records” installation featuring modified phonographs playing themselves.
- DIY record lathe video on Youtube, showing an easy way to cut record grooves into a discarded CD.
- “How to make a record without prior acoustic information” (using a laser cutter to engrave waveforms in acrylic!)
- The 1980s/90s BBC science show The Secret Life of Machines did an episode on magnetic tape recording (specifically video recording). They demonstrate how to make audio recordings on adhesive tape dusted with rust particles. Seriously!
- Research & Resources
- Sep 7 | Sound As Phenomena
- … Exercise : “Reduced Listening”
- Sep 14 | Modernity | Recorders & Mics
- … Exercise: “Recording 101”
- Sep 21 | Physics | Installation Gear
- … Project 1: Portrait
- Sep 28| Noise & Music | Reaper Intro
- Oct 5 | Reflections in Stereo | FX
- Oct 12 | CRIT Portrait Project
- … Project 2: Transformation
- Oct 19 | Crit Cont’d | Contact Mics
- Oct 26 | Sound + Self | Editing Questions
- Nov 2 | CRIT Transformation
- … Project 3: NAFP
- Nov 9 | Crit Cont’d | Radio + Synesthesia
- Nov 16 | GUEST! | Circuits | Proposals
- ! Nov 23 | No Class … Thanksgiving
- Nov 30 | Massaging The Medium
- Dec 7 | CRIT Project 3 (week 1)
- Dec 14 | CRIT Project 3 (week 2)
- Dec 21 | Dream House (field-trip)
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