Gwaith Sŵn: Sound Work Volume 1

Sound Work Volume 1 features compositions by artists who have contributed to Gwaith Sŵn (from the Welsh for ‘sound work’ and pronounced ‘g-why-th soon’), a London-based collective whose activities include exhibitions, installations and live performances.

 
My contribution, S.O.B (Cassette), deals with the phenomenon of tape trading: an unofficial method of distributing punk, hardcore and extreme metal demo tapes popular during the 1980s and 1990s. Using techniques inspired by the early tape works of Steve Reich, Terry Riley and Alvin Lucier, S.O.B (Cassette) explores how the very nature of the system used in tape trading ensured that recordings would decrease in sound quality with each trade and would in extreme cases become impossible to listen to.

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