video and review of Angelo Bignamini’s Anna

bazedjunkiii in Hamburg showed and opened the packet I sent him in front of the camera. I added two passenger tapes that were produced by Geert-Jan Hobijn, the founding father of staalplaat. I offered the free ride because sending one or three tapes makes no difference to the shipping costs.

baze-djunkiii also wrote a review of the tape:

Incoming via mail from Berlin only recently is Angelo Bignamini’s “Anna”, the most recent musical outing put on the circuit via the legendary Staaltape-label which saw its very first release all the way back in 1982. Issued on re-used, and therefore sustainable, commercial cassette tapes with a hand-crafted collage cover the eight tracks on this album were composed over a course of six months from February to August 2k21 and are conceptually covering the changes in the life and the surroundings of the Italian composer. “Anna” starts out on a slightly wobbly, dreamy solo piano tip, drifts further into realms of wonky tape manipulation sequences, cut-up Field Recordings and Plunderphonics as well as various collage and layering techniques, droning, extended and surely melancholia-inducing string sequences alongside what seems to be a close up recording of swarming insects – bees, probably -, eerie Industrial soundscapes with a well score’esque quality at the beginning of the B-side whilst surprisingly even turning towards home-recorded singer-songwriter dabblings reminiscent of the legendary Augsburg-based label Dhyana Records for a mere few seconds before diving into crackly, kitsch-dripping outtakes from Classical recordings and recorded tape machine vocals of unknown origin, all accompanied well by the slightly worn out nature of the previously used tape material. One for avid collectors of FoundSounds, lo-fi recordings and the mediums that come with them.

you can still order the tape here

New copies of Eric Desjeux’s Foofi

Eric Desjeux is a filmmaker and a documentarist. He uses a different name for his sonic productions. A person of many talents, he is incredibly active in the world of non-academic experimental music. He is also an insatiable traveller.

Knowing this, I have asked him to compile a work that was a result of his travels and to approach the release as a filmmaker rather than a sound artist.

Foofi is a mixture of documentary and personal journal. Interviews (in french) tell tales about people who went away and about people who stayed. The heat and the big continent of Africa are almost palpable.

Recorded in West Africa from 2017 to 2019
edited in Europe on March 2021

length 2x 15 minutes

For this release I used found commercial tapes. The quality of the -used- tape adds an extra, almost organic dimension to the recordings.

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Rinus van Alebeek – From the life of the marionettes (digital release)

The inspiration for this album came from a request by Marcin Barski. Together with Konrad Gęca he has formed To Się Nie Uda (It Won’t Work), as they describe it ‘part cabaret and part sound-art reconstruction group.’
They wanted to reconstruct Zablocie, a totally gentified district in Krakow. And so they did during the Audio Art Festival in 2021.
Marcin asked for a contribution from my side that they could use during the live transmission of sounds in the district. Visitors could listen to it over the phone while walking around. They could participate by phoning in their reports.

I started working on my piece after they had done the performance.

I simply didn’t have the time to start earlier.

New! Eric Desjeux – Foofi

Eric Desjeux is a filmmaker and a documentarist. He uses a different name for his sonic productions. A person of many talents, he is incredibly active in the world of non-academic experimental music. He is also an insatiable traveller.

Knowing this, I have asked him to compile a work that was a result of his travels and to approach the release as a filmmaker rather than a sound artist.

Foofi is a mixture of documentary and personal journal. Interviews (in french) tell tales about people who went away and about people who stayed. The heat and the big continent of Africa are almost palpable.

Recorded in West Africa from 2017 to 2019
edited in Europe on March 2021

length 2x 15 minutes

For this release I used found commercial tapes. The quality of the -used- tape adds an extra, almost organic dimension to the recordings.

Official release date 15. April

one minute silence for Lou Ottens

On Saturday 6th of March 2021 Lou Ottens passed away at the age of 94. Lou Ottens invented the compact cassette. The novelty was presented at the Funkausstellung in Berlin on 31th of August 1963. In 1965, based on a patent that guaranteed compatibility, Philips made the technology available free of charge to manufacturers all over the world. Ever since then 100 billion compact cassettes have been sold. That’s a lot of kilometers of tape.

The one minute silence is made in two parts. The first thirty seconds are played by a Sony walkman TCM-200DV , the second thirty seconds are played by a Sony walkman pro.

Unfortunately I don’t have a Philips cassette player.

There are two things I need to say:

first, I have doubted a long time if I should charge payment for this one minute silence pieces. I thought people buy candles and flowers to put on graves. I also thought of the vase with fifteen sunflowers, a painting by Vincent van Gogh; the Japanese insurance magnate Yasuo Goto bought it for almost forty million dollar. In 1987 it was considered a scandalous amount. I heard silence, and I saw silence in that action: it was a deep bow out of respect for the talent of van Gogh.

If it’s free, it ain’t worth a thing.

I will use your money to buy and recycle a few of those 100 billion tapes. If you are many I will talk with friends about how to use this money in the best way possible in honour of Lou Ottens.

second, why not release this on tape. Well, a blank tape’s content is silence. To release silence on a silent tape would turn the tape into a work of conceptual art. The right way to respect the one minute silence is to insert the tape into the player and be silent for one minute before you press ‘play.’
In a digital version the one minute silence produced by playing a blank tape, is just that, the sound of one minute of blank tape sliding over the tape head. If it appears in your playlist you might be reminded to give a moment of your thoughts to the inventor of the compact cassette.

Lang Leve Lou Ottens!

Long Live Lou Ottens!

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