After over a decade of inactivity on eBay, I’ve started monitoring #cassette player/recorders for an upcoming project. The first success arrived yesterday in full working order. It’s a Panasonic M8455 with two #microphones and carrying case.
-n 1. a noisy confused place or situation.
Listening to the broadcasts of the unwanted that stem from the desirable.
A visual exploration of the track “Commotion” from my cassette See Also Noise. The cassette is a collection of compositions created as part of my research into the noise within the urban environment. All of the noises used in the composition were recorded in and around Los Angeles. Each track is created to explore a different synonym for the word noise.
More information about the cassette is available here:
This image is screen capture from an experiment made to visually represent an audio track. The audio being explored in this study is the track “Commotion” from my cassette See Also Noise released in 2011.
I’ve always been fascinated by the fact that the first Walkman® introduced by Sony in 1979 had 2 headphone jacks. Listening with this new portable audio playback device was intended, from the beginning, to be a shared experience with a friend.
Sharing what you are listening to is prevalent now in a variety of ways. However as a result of it being reduced to an archived timeline that unfolds in real time in a sort of “I heard it before you did and I can prove it based on my playlist archive,” the listening experience isn’t the same. It’s asynchronous and in many cases more about the breadcrumbs than the hike. The shared listening experience from those early days of the excitement of portable audio are different. The synchronous sharing of individual listening experience creates a different space entirely. It’s a different relationship to that which is being listened to but it is also a different relationship to the simultaneous listener. Looking back now that the majority of portable listening experiences are incredibly personal, it seems nostalgic to think about the 2 headphones,1 device approach to sharing music. Not just because the headphones have wires but because these devices have served a greater and greater role in separating us from the people around us, not bringing us closer. hear the rest >
Because of magnetic tape, the things that I am interested in doing with sound are possible. When magnetic tape came along, anything could easily be recorded. The material qualities of the recording then allow for a great deal of exploration and manipulation. It can be slowed down, speed up, chopped, looped and layered in order to create new sounds and compositions that couldn’t otherwise have been created. Pierre Schaeffer used these techniques as a musician and dubbed it Musique Concréte. Essentially this was music from found sounds as apposed to from “musical instruments.”
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