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sound-art-text:

Anyone recognise this from my Tumblr wallpaper? 

This is an installation  by Konrad Smolenski, which I saw a few years back at Leto Gallery in Warsaw, Poland. 

Here’s what the gallery has to say about it:

Can you hear me now? 
Can you hear me now? 
Can you hear me now? 

The End of Radio - Shellac 

 
When I initially saw the working notes for “The End of Radio” I was immediately reminded (in a formal sense) of the work of Bay Area conceptualist Paul Kos, specifically his “Sound of Ice Melting” piece from 1970. But where Kos was working from the space where contemplation formulates via the slowly melting block of ice placed “center stage” (and the sound that it slowly and quietly produced), Konrad has no center, or his center is the jumble of microphones catching nothing but themselves and as a result, feeding off of each other and turning the results onto the viewer or, I should say, listener. It should also be noted that Kos was working in Northern California at the time, where the after-effects of late 60’s counter-cultural peace and love must have still been in the air. His piece fit perfectly within that social context. Konrad is in contemporary Warsaw and if you google his name, the first image that comes up is the artist, face-masked and bare-chested, clutching a reconfigured gutted missile attached to an amplifier more menacing looking than him. I’m assuming that “The End of Radio”, as well, fits perfectly within the social and political context of his moment, this moment, wherever he plugs it in.

 
Anyone within the sound of my voice 
I’ve got fifty thousand watts of power 
Wanna ionize the air 

The End of Radio - Shellac 

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kateoplis:

What I love is the heartland of the country, the so-called “flyover” zone, like Wisconsin, where we filmed Stroszek and where Orson Welles was from. Marlon Brando came from Nebraska, Bob Dylan from Minnesota, Hemingway from Illinois, these middle-of-nowhere places, to say nothing of the South, the home of Faulkner and Flannery O’Connor. I like this kind of terrain, where you can still encounter great self-reliance and camaraderie, the warm, open hearts, the down-to-earth people. So much of the rest of the country has abandoned these basic virtues. I like America for its spirit of advancement and exploration; there is something exceptionally bold about the place. The idea of everyone having an equal chance to succeed, no matter who they are, is impressive. If a barefoot Indian from the Andes had invented the wheel, the patent office in Washington would have assisted him in securing his rights.”

When I made The Wild Blue Yonder I discovered an extraordinary cache of footage shot by NASA astronauts in outer space, and was told that because it was filmed by federal employees, the material was “property of the people.” I asked, “Can I, a Bavarian, be considered one of the people?” Such images, it turns out, according to American law belong to everyone on the planet. This is a unique and astounding attitude to the world. Naturally there are things in the United States I’m ambivalent about, just as there are when it comes to Germany. I could never be a flag-waving patriot. But there are many reasons why I have been in America for so many years. The country has always had a capacity to rejuvenate itself, pull itself out of defeat and look to the future. There has always been space there to create real change. I could never live in a country I didn’t love.”

Werner Herzog: A Guide for the Perplexed

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Autechre live in Toronto, 9 May 2001

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cassetteplayers:

You are bidding on a Nakamichi 350 cassette recorder, in partially-working condition. For repair/parts only. Deck is supplied as shown, no accessories are included. 

cassetteplayers:

RARE 1980S YORX FP-1010 NEWAVE TRIPLE CASSETTE PLAYER AM FM. TESTED AND ALL 3 CASSETTE PLAYERS SEEM TO WORK FINE & AM & FM WORK. A LITTLE DIRTY, BUT STILL NICE!  HOWEVER THIS IS SOLD AS IS.

craigcolorusso:

Sun Boxes on the Engineering Quad at UMASS. Amherst, MA. #sunboxes #soundart #solarart #ecoart #drone #dronemusic #umass #sound #muud

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ffactory:

Snare drum notation in Japan; from Hosō Shinshiki furoku aka The Infantry’s New Style Training Manual, written by Inukai Kiyonobu (1865)

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Kenny Wheeler, forever