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Bang the Bore XIII: The Space Left By People (Southampton, 12.05.2012.)
  • expexp
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    Bang the Bore XIII: The Space Left By People
    Featuring: Twelve Tapes

    11am – 4pm, Saturday 12th May 2012
    John Hansard Gallery, University of Southampton, SO17 1BJ
    Free entry

    Sonically reflecting Quarantania's concerns with "the duality between the isolated individual and 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 efforts.

    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.

    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.

    Seth Cooke

    Twelve Tapes on SoundCloud
  • Wicked!
  • expexp
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  • Why did this thread drop away. I was gonna try and check details and I had to LOOK for it.

    So yeah, is anyone travelling from Brightonian locale?
  • expexp
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    Sozzers, I must have accidentally unannounced it.
  • _ch__ch_
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    its a sacking offence... :-(

    really sorry, seth......
  • expexp
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    Just got interviewed on Voice FM radio about this show. Don't think they archive, but if you're quick you might just catch a couple of minutes of Twelve Tapes.
  • _ch__ch_
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    just set this up
    should be "interesting"

  • GeoGeo
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    I will never get b out of my head. It certainly was something, I really liked it when every tape player was turned up to full volume.

    Great stuff. :-)
  • expexp
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    Wish I'd been there. Currently in Lochinver with no signal on my mobile. Tell me more!
  • _ch__ch_
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    nutshell statistics:

    8 devices playing selections from the 12 tapes
    for 5 hours
    with, i reckon, 13 people visiting the gallery in total (including us, excluding staff)
    about 3.5 hrs of noisy drone that threatened our sanity
    at which point 1 person, kev (mwah), had the genius idea of turning it down
    which gave us 1.5 hrs of bearable (and interesting!) sound

    respect and kisses to joe, aimmar and especially john for enduring/enjoying the event

    pitiful turnout, but the gallery itself had maybe 5 visitors
    possibly just a "bad day" (brilliant sunshine, etc) for art-gallery-goers

    one of the reception staff was wearing giant headphones everytime i walked past :-)

    i made a couple of recordings, but you couldn't pay me to listen to them now...!

    and layla - you have a BEAUTIFUL voice, and i LOVE it
    but please, PLEASE, NEVER sing a "b" in my presence again....

    ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤
  • _ch__ch_
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    ps - i can still hear the bloody drone note AND birdsong...

  • AimmarCair
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    I told you that'd happen!

    It was lovely. Kev and myself were talking about various ways to rework it. Moving sound sources would be cool.
  • expexp
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    So you opted for a five hour continuous version, at a volume that even you found uncomfortable, using tapes that you didn't like?

    I thought you were performing Twelve Tapes, not weaponising it. 0_o

    Did you listen to the tapes prior to the performance? Did you soundcheck?
  • GeoGeo
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    Different times there were different volumes, I think after a while they all just got turned up to maximum. . . . And then turned way down again a little later.

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    It was amazing. I mean, Clive and I are pretty hardy in our audio-masochism, so if we both agreed it was a bit unbearable, that's something. I think for me it was the thing of the audio environment being so reminiscent of piss-dank carparks while in the sanitary/ clean environment of a gallery. An interesting contrast. And a really draining environment. I noticed that when it was louder, and people were in the gallery, they were just walking up and down quite quickly, the sound was so over-bearing. I think that's definitely an achievement, even if it wasn't a particularly pleasant one.
  • So, were you overdriving the cassette player speakers or something? Or was it just the droningness of the recordings -my recollection is that the recordings themselves weren't that harsh.
    And 30 minutes of B can rather sensitise one to it, I can't begin to imagine what several hours would do.
  • GeoGeo
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    It made me fall in love with Flossie and the Unicorns (straight after)... Although that may just be good sense.

  • expexp
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    So a literal interpretation of 'The Space Left By People': this is a gallery, without any people, because we've turned it into a toxic environment? Hmmm.

    The car park recordings shouldn't sound too harsh. They didn't in Bradford, it was quite a relaxing space to be in. But then, we kept the volume pretty low throughout.
  • ...for 12 hours. Call yourselves audio-masochists? Pish!

    Did you do us the honour of recording any of it, perchance? I know these things resonate much more clearly when present in real time and space, but I'm curious enough to hear how it sounded. Divergent amplitudes/volumes of the same sounds in different environments seems to have produced rather antithetical atmospheres.

    Are there any more plans for other performances? Have there been any further submissions?
  • expexp
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    We'll do it again at Supernormal, and maybe in Sheffield and Brighton. There are around six presently unused contributions, which I probably won't record to tape until we've passed twenty-four in total. Still taking submissions, yeah.

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