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"Every presentation is a premiere ..."

february 15, 2007.

[ podcast :: rpc 33 ... s ]

On monday february 5th, the evening before I rushed off for das kleine field recording festival and a week of 'found tapes' in Berlin, with ookoi we <press>_en_ted the first copies of 1024, our kibibyte on DVD, during an intimate gathering around the grand piano in art-society Arti et Amicitiae, on the corner of Rokin and Spui in Amsterdam.

ookoi at arti
ookoi at arti

The kibibyte is a collection of one thousand and twenty four seven second extracts that we diligently cut this summer from the recordings of ookoi's live performances and interventions over the last two years, roughly between the summer of 2004 and that of 2006.

"All the King's horses, and all the King's men ...," ... once all of it has come apart, how do we get it back together again?

[[added January 25th 2020
—1024 =2^10 :!: in ookoi's 1024 fire meets water, air meets rock, yang meets yin, binary meets decimal ... ]]

It was a puzzle and a technical challenge to stick these one thousand and twenty four sound bytes onto a DVD in such a way that playing it back would result in an ever changing and never ending patchwork of sounds, picked as if at random out of 'the bag' ... A first idea of course was to stick 1024 tracks onto it, and play these 'at random'. Which is the easy way to 'materialize' the kibibyte as an application running on your computer, or as a flash application in your browser. But there are several restrictions on the DVD format that make this a rather difficult thing to do on a DVD intended for playback in your DVD player. First of all, there is the holy number 99: a DVD cannot contain more than 99 tracks, and each track cannot contain more than 99 markers ... And though the rather primitive scripting possibilities do include a 'random' function, we have yet to encounter a player in which this 'random' is able to convince you that indeed there is something being done 'randomly'. All tests we did resulted in a fixed series of numbers being produced, always the same, and often according to a silly rule, like 'all uneven numbers starting from 5'.

1024Without going into all of the nasty details, we eventually ended up organizing the kibibyte into 64 tracks, each containing 16 markers, corresponding to 16 seven second films (each one containing one of the 1024 sound bytes, showing a seven second 'color sweep' and the sound's 'rank' number). We used some devious calculative trickery, to produce unpredictable playback in most (though unfortunately not all) players, jumping between and inside tracks. 1024, mind you, is tough on your playback head, which is continuously being sent surfing from one side to the other. The cheapest players somehow seem to give the most satisfactory results. You might also consider copying it onto your hard drive and play it in your computer's DVD-player directly from your hard drive ...

1024 dvdMaybe needless to say, but ookoi's pretty pleased with the result ... Also on the Tafelmuziek CD ( * ) the tracks - with the notable exception of its 'fixpoint' 05. Tafel 05 - were assembled from dislocated parts, all lifted from the recordings we did in residency at 'Dit Eiland' in may 2004. You might compare them to Daniel Spoerri's tableaux pièges, in which one of many possible configurations or 'states' of an ongoing meal at a table has been fixed (frozen) for once and for all. Now '1024' is one step beyond: here the constituent parts keep shifting, giving rise to a music that continuously re-assembles itself into different states, as different projections of one large 'meta-table'.
Dutch artist Rob Scholte was responsible for the intriguing and fitting graphics on the cover and on the DVD itself.

Arti Piano"Every presentation is a premiere" ... The <press>_en_tation on monday february 5th in Arti was a premiere. But it was not the first one. I think there has not been a first one. Maybe also there will be no last one.
Some presentations will come with derived works. Like when, on october 8th of last year, FPCM recited a random permutation of the numbers 1 to 1024, only accompanied by me mistreating an innocent vintage Philicorda organ ... Or that monday february 5th in Arti, where FPCM and me played one thousand and twenty four notes on the art-society's grand piano ...

But if we consider things in order ... Were we really playing? ... Was that really us? ... Were we actually there? ... And come to think of it ... the thing there, on the wall behind the piano ... is that really a painting by Breitner?

[ earlier related SB-entry: 1024 Waarden, by ookoi :: next related SB-entry: Vicky, Killers and Avatars ]

notes __ ::
(*) I actually do think that the one should go with the other. So here's an offer: if you order the 1024 DVD (it costs € 10.24, as you might have guessed) and mention 'CD footnote' in your email order, it will come together with a free copy of the Muziektafel CD ... [ ^ ]
(**) To subscribe to the Raudio Podcasts, get the feed's URI by clicking the green podcast button in the sidebar ... [ ^ ]

tags: ookoi, 1024, Amsterdam

Read about the ookoi and Raudio and Stduio on the SoundBlog:
(2022, april 25) - Awesome Foursomes (viii) - No. 664
(2022, march 31) - Awesome Foursomes (vii) - No. 138
(2022, february 20) - Awesome Foursomes (vi) - No. 419
(2021, november 01) - Awesome Foursomes (v) - No. 954
(2021, august 20) - Awesome Foursomes (iv) - No. 793
(2021, july 18) - Awesome Foursomes (iii) - No. 562
(2021, july 09) - Awesome Foursomes (ii)- No. 284
(2021, june 21) - Awesome Foursomes (i) - No. 019
(2021, may 31) - d.ookoi writes b.ookoi (i)
(2020, january 26) - STDUIO Arti: aLife @Hal-fIve
(2020, january 25) - STDUIO Arti: The LⒶst Weekend
(2019, march 03) - ookoi 2.0: the remake of a spect[r]al b[r]and
(2017, april 12) - 1024
(2015, march 07) - The men once in green are now writing a book!
(2014, may 09) - You are NOT Hier!
(2013, july 03) - How to keep devils away
(2013, may 06) - Next Numbr!
(2012, june 24) - Ninja Fruit Plus Instruments
(2012, may 06) - Y.3 = Yltra !
(2012, may 06) - Our final gig / Ons laatste optreden
(2010, may 23) - 'Raise the trumpet, sound the drum'
(2010, april 02) - [Second Life and WudyWudy]
(2010, january 05) - ookoi: onderood
(2009, november 17) - Soli Deo Gloria !
(2009, october 10) - Project Icarus OST
(2009, august 24) - ookoi ShakeNRoll
(2009, july 18) - Pure . Reactive . Music . Hack Day
(2009, april 07) - "Blood and Bottom" (Raudi0GaGa)
(2009, february 21) - Insular arithmetic (ookoi toont)
(2009, january 31) - A glimpse of Heesbeen
(2009, january 15) - Rien à voir
(2008, october 02) - The right to be slow
(2008, june 06) - Raudio Graffiti: almost live !
(2008, february 24) - The Great Washing
(2007, december 04) - I'm an island
(2007, november 20) - Live Beyond the Paradiso, Amsterdam
(2007, september 04) - leve ookoi! (3)
(2007, august 22) - leve ookoi! (2)
(2007, august 12) - leve ookoi! (1)
(2007, april 12) - Back to Berlin [Raudio 11/15]
(2007, march 24) - Vicky, Killers and Avatars
(2007, february 15) - Every presentation is a premiere
(2007, january 25) - 1024 Waarden, by ookoi
(2007, january 19) - Preparations for a Second Life
(2006, november 05) - Cellarlar Heroes
(2006, october 20) - Funky shit
(2006, august 14) - placard : la générale
(2006, july 07) - de-'tails of lite house keeping'
(2006, may 06) - jam karet?
(2006, april 04) - 100+ new (r)audio philes ... [3] [Raudio 07]
(2006, march 20) - raudio @cosman's
(2006, march 12) - 100+ new (r)audio philes ... [2] [Raudio 07]
(2006, march 03) - 100+ new (r)audio philes ... [1] [Raudio 07]
(2005, october 12) - Raudio #06 [Raudio 06]
(2005, september 25) - 0 OK, 0:1, life on ze road
(2005, july 31) - Outside - Inside Paradiso
(2005, june 18) - Sand-Y da-Y #5-7 [Raudio 05]
(2005, june 05) - Sand-Y :: da-Y #04 - da birds
(2005, may 26-24) - Sand-Y :: da-Y #03, #02, #01 - Crew cut ; "The truth is out here" ; ::
(2005, may 14) - 9 Beet Stretch [Raudio Special]
(2005, march 31) - Raudio #04 :: "GespRek 1982-2005" [Raudio 04]
(2005, february 10) - raudio #3 (drie/three) [Raudio 03]
(2004, december 08) - pure sound [Raudio 02]
(2004, november 24) - other, and good news! [Raudio 01]
(2004, october 10) - raudio launched
(2004, september 24) - made in ameland
(2004, june 09) - boyzz buzz # listen!global corpus
(2004, may 20-31) - >∞-îl_o_tré

Read some of the ookoi's papers [pdf]:
(2014) - Localized Sounds, Sounding Locations.
Presented at the International Symposium "Locative Media and Sound Art", Kortrijk (be)
(2007) - ookoi - Uptime Publishing Demonstration. (With Jay Needham.)

Read about the ookoi in Gonzo (Circus) [Dutch]:
Gonzo #88, september/october 2008 - Zelfcomponerende Klankstukken

ookoi - The works:
(2015—now) :: writing b.ookoi: pick a number!
(2017) Weekly, 10'24" :: ookoi dooki podcast
(2014) HIER - iPhone app, 4 track album of localized Future Popp
(2013) Y ¬ Y.1024 (HTML5 web app)
(2013) Wandelzand - iPhone app, soundwalk for the Dutch isle of Ameland
(2012) Palm Top Theatre V2
(2010) WudyWudy, machina movie, filmed in Second Life by Evo Szuyuan (trailer)
(2009) ookoi_@_E@rport, Amsterdam - channel 19 of the RAUDIO IIIII streaming audio art iThing app
(2009) ShakeNRoll, Project Icarus OST - scenes for the RJDJ reactive music iPhone platform
(2009) iRingg®, iPhone ringtones
(2009) 2525 (video)
(2008) L'Ecoute - public space screen video
(2008) Jam Karet I & Jam Karet IV - pocket movies
(2007) Live beyond the Paradiso (USB-stick data-dump)
(2007) Leve ookoi! - channel 16 of the RAUDIO IIIII streaming audio art iThing app
(2007) 1024 (DVD)
(2007) 1024 Waarden - flash animation
(2006) "Roam Stroam" - channel 12 of the RAUDIO IIIII streaming audio art iThing app
(2006) Tijdrekken - flash animation
(2005) Sand-Y (Zandoog) - channel 7 of the RAUDIO IIIII streaming audio art iThing app
(2004) Muziektafel-Tafelmuziek (CD)
(1980) Signs and Symptoms

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Pop Fictions by Dutch Masters

february 13, 2007.

As part of this february 2007's "Collaborations Issue" (Issue #12) of the fine web magazine Mungbeing - itself an international collaboration between Jody Franklin (Canada) and Mark Givens (US) - you will find a CD worth's collection of very rare tracks taken from my archives. Many of these were never published before ... The recordings date from the early 1980's, the years in which Ronald Heiloo and myself, with the help from a few others, embarked upon a project in which we tried to (re-)create the music of a whole series of imagined - fictive - bands and musicians.
mastersEventually, towards the end of 1983, two 'chapters' from our Pop Fictions - the polish Bogdan Wlosik and the french Agonie Ajournée - appeared as albums on the Amphibious Records label, but they hardly were distributed at all ...
These are rarities ...( * )

I have selected eleven tracks for Mungbeing, which I would suggest you download and listen to in the order in which they are listed. The first one is one of the three parts of 'You and Me', a formal mix of single piano tones and tape loops of recordings of us shutting doors, running up and down stairs and breaking empty beer bottles. In the collection of tracks it functions like an opening parenthesis.

covers Follow two of the five tracks of the Bogdan Wlosik album (Amphibious A010, august 1984): Pan Zachodniak ('mister Westerner') and Zoni Musi Gotowac ('my wife still has to cook'). And two tracks from the Agonie Ajournée album (Amphibious A011, august 1984): l'Héritage and la Parade Sauvage.
These two times two alternate with two selections (one of three and one of two) from the nineteen 'Orgel en Gitaar' tracks, that we recorded onto two tracks of my four track TEAC reel-to-teel machine during a week early 1985. These were meant to be the starting point for pieces by yet another ficitive band, for which I cannot remember whether at the time we already had a name, but Hollandse Meesters (Dutch Masters) will do very well ...
You'll hear Ronald here playing a small blue Philips organ, probably a 'Philicorda'. I was playing the guitar. Never published, never even completed afterwards, bare and sketchy, but still sounding as magical as they did twenty two years ago ...

As the closing parenthesis there is one of the three 'Projekt 1' pieces that I did in 1984 at the Utrecht Institure for Sonology, using a (numerical) output from Gottfried Michael Koenig's PR1 program. The output was interpreted as a 'score' of a piece for nine 'instruments', six of which were realized electronically through Werner Kaegi's VOSIM system, which was able to play PR1 outputs. The other three instruments were interpreted as three different ways of playing the piano.
I recorded the VOSIM parts at the institute in Utrecht, the piano parts at home in Amsterdam, and then spliced the whole thing together ....

[ Mungbeing - issue #12 : 'Pop fictions, by dutch masters', by Harold Schellinx and Ronald Heiloo ]

added may 9th, 2009: I recently found back a few unopened boxes with mint copies of many (but not all) of the Amphibious vinyl editions. You can order the very last remaining - and as good as new - copies of these dutch 1980s post-punk masterworks from the Amphibious 'Buy Vinyl!' page ...

notes __ ::
(*) But some of the copies are 'out there', though. They sometimes pop up in second hand stores, all over the world ... Just recently I came across an entry in TRIC, a free Delaware/Philadelphia based zine. The issue was from may/june 2001, and had a section headed "Hey Everybody! I collect vinyl, and here are some recent albums I got for dirt cheap:" .... Bogdan Wlosik was one of them. "Strange. 1984 Polish political lyrics put to music that sounds like primitive Blonde Redhead," the author writes. "Very dissonant mixture of violins, a harmonium, keyboards, tea cup, and a cardboard box." [ ^ ]


tags: Amphibious, post-punk, Amsterdam

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