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'The Art of K7', vol. #1

jan 11, 2022


SG44

Xo=1 is what (I think it was) RĂ©bus proposed to name our impromptu quartet of cassetteurs, made up of he, me, Anton Mobin and Blenno WurstbrĂĽcke performing electro-acoustic pieces that are v e r y strictly 'cassette-only'. Like Cassettes, Candles & Champagne", the cassette ritual that formed the (unPublic) closing parenthesis to our '2013=C50' performative celebrations of the 50th birthday of the audio compact cassette.

Flamme eternelle

A first trace of the /formula/name/—Xo=1—dates from a few months later. It can be seen in pictures, like the one above, made during a performance that the four of us did on Saturday May 3rd, 2014, in the Palais de Tokyo, Paris, as part of the program of performances and other interventions that accompanied Thomas Hirschhorn's grand solo expo there that year, Flamme Éternelle.

Memorable, indeed, for many reasons.

Flamme eternelle

It was about a year after, in 2015, that on two consecutive evenings (on Tuesday May 26th and Wednesday May 27th) we settled in La GĂ©nĂ©rale Nord-Est (at the time still on the avenue Parmentier, Paris XI) with the still-(more-or-less)-functioning ones among our cassette machines and dictaphones, and—most notably— with large selections of items that each of us had made from his personal collection of found and self-recorded compact and micro-cassette tapes; recordings some of which (in my case) dated as far back as the mid 1970's, made at various occasions in a whole lot of different places, in different countries, or found and kept, plucked wherever tapes get (or rather: got) discarded, on flea markets, at garage sales, in thrift stores, or just as part of the regular house hold rubbish in our city streets.

Here is an impression of what it looked like back then in La Générale.

La G

Xo=1 Ă  La G, manipulant le temps perdu...

Du cĂ´tĂ© de chez Har$ ↓
Har$

Du cĂ´tĂ© de chez Mobin ↓
Mobin

Du cĂ´tĂ© de chez RĂ©bus ↓
RĂ©bus

Du cĂ´tĂ© de chez WurstbrĂĽcke ↓
Blenno

What came out and remained of these two nights of improvised recording, is a series of fascinating collages; cut-ups of our combined sonic memories, bits of life-times re-lived and electrono-mechanically manipulated in random constellations, made memorable thru being memorised...

The resulting collection of audio-documents, besides being a great work all on its own, also is a great illustration of and companion to its written namesake, still awaiting its finalisation and publication.

Ross Scott-Buccleuch selected 8 pieces from these very recording sessions, and released them, as a first volume of 'The Art of K7', on his Steep Gloss label: a digital download accompanied by a limited edition pink 'n' blue cassette (dedicated to Lou Ottens), wrapped in a cover collage by Blenno WurstbrĂĽcke and Hey Noh.


Thank you Ross and Steep Gloss for all the great work!

We hope to get the second volume out and over to you later this year... !

Then go and catch them all ;-) ...

SG44


Read all about Found Tapes, Foundtaping and Audio Cassettes (K7s) on the SoundBlog:

(2022, january 11) - 'The Art of K7', vol. 1
(2021, september 11) - The Art of K7 :: Sudokaising [ii] Time Folds
(2020, march 21) - The Art of K7 :: Sudokaising [i]
(2019, november 17) - Foundtapers & Foundtaping in Porto
(2019, februay 08) - CCNL :: Cassette Culture in Linz, Austria [ii] The aesthetics of erasure
(2019, januay 18) - CCNL :: Cassette Culture in Linz, Austria [i] Oral history
(2015, november 22) - Situasonnisme: the City Sonic Festival
(2014, june 19) - Lecture de Cassette
(2013, october 25) - The Art of K7 (prelude) [sketch/book, 1]
(2013, march 23) - "Ma première cassette était vierge..." Mourning & celebrating 50 years of compact cassette
(2012, july 26) - UnOfficial Release
(2010, november 28) - Foundtaping, Maps & Shadows at the Basel Shift Festival (i.)
(2009, november 15) - prof. dr. Cassette
(2009, november 08) - A found tapes meta-map
(2009, october 22) - Founded Tapapes
(2009, september 20) - Found Lost Sound
(2009, july 26) - "You, a bed, the sea ..." [ 1. Athens, sept. 28th 1994 ]
(2009, may 23) - It feels like summer in the city [KT2009, i]
(2009, february 19) - Time and the weather - "? Footage or Fetish" @ Käämer 12, Brussels (ii)
(2009, january 30) - A Tingel Tangle Tape Machine - "? Footage or Fetish" @ Käämer 12, Brussels (i)
(2009, january 15) - Kassettenkopf
(2008, december 08) - un-Tuned City (foundtaping in Neukölln)
(2008, september 14) - Psycho/Geo/Conflux in Brooklyn, NY __i.
(2008, august 31) - " Le chasseur " (foundtaping in brussels_ii)
(2008, june 18) - "Sing Laping, Sing !" (foundtaping in brussels_ i)
(2008, january 06) - Mo' Better Mo-Tapemosphere, 2. Restmuell
(2007, june 16) - Mo' Better Mo-Tapemosphere, 1. "chase away all my fear"
(2007, march 07) - Back to Berlin 2. Found Tapes
(2006, september 28) - jenny likes poets
(2006, september 06) - the sound of almost-no-more words
(2006, june 13) - fotex #49-51
(2006, june 04) - Sonofakunsttoer
(2006, april 17-25) - 'sudoku-solution' in 'de nor'
(2006, january 19) - ride, buggy, ride ... !
(2006, january 13) - axiologie for dummies
(2005, november 06) - found in maastricht
(2005, august 28) - tête-de-tettine / tête-de-cassette
(2005, august 23) - tape busters and coordinates
(2005, july 02) - Conquering America ...
(2005, june 03) - stationed soother
(2005, april 21) - Low-fi : the new Readymades
(2005, march 24) - d_Revolution #1 ...
(2005, february 07) - found tapes for spies
(2005, january 28) - "parfois l'amour tourne à l'obsession ..."
(2004, november 06) - à la tranquilité
(2004, july 20) - instructions in arabic
(2004, may 08) - phound stufphs
(2003, august 04) - new acquisitions #7, #8
(2003, may 04) - r2r
(2003, april 24) - splice and tape
(2003, april 15) - new acquisitions #5,#6
(2003, january 09) - finders keepers
(2002, november 24) - exhibit #4
(2002, november 08) - what fascinates me
(2002, november 07) - more on found tape montage
(2002, september 14) - detour
(2002, september 09) - 2 down, 3 to go
(2002, september 06) - magnetic migration


Read about Found Tapes in Gonzo (Circus) [Dutch]:

Gonzo #163, mei/juni 2021 - Lang Leve Lou Ottens
Gonzo #137, januari/februari 2017 - Het Kaf en het Koren


tags: cassette, K7, X° = 1

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