Foundtaping aux Ateliers Claus

As part of the found tapes exhibition in Käämer 12 in the rue Crickxstraat, from january 19th and january 25th, I assembled two new acquisitions, numbers #90 and #91. Both recently went online. Especially in many of the bits and pieces that make up fotex90 one hears an awful lot of wear and tear at work. All of these were found about one year ago, in january 2008, in the Parisian suburbs of Aubervilliers/Pantin and Bobigny. As usual with tapes found in these areas, much of it is music of Arabic/Moroccan origin. #90 also contains three finds that I picked from the fence of an immigrant settlement, facing the entrance of the campus of the IUT Bobigny, on the avenue de la Convention. Here among the sounds there are french pop, classical organ music, an extremely distorted popsong and part of an interview (in french) on the difference between social life in France in- and outside of Paris.

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More Tingel Tangle …

In the wake of the previous post, I wrote a somewhat more detailed report about the Tingel Tangle in the SoundBlog …

In the picture below you see Jean-Jacques Duerinckx on sopranino sax, and Jonas Kocher on accordeon, improvising in Käämer 12, in the afternoon of thursday january 22nd. Jonas had just arrived by train from Amsterdam, where he had spent a week long recording residency at STEIM, researching all sorts of possible ways to play his instruments: using a bow, putting objects between the folds of its bellows, rubbin it with polysterene, and using contact microphones for amplification …

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A Tingel-Tangle Found Tapes Machine

Here is a YouTube video of the ‘Tingel-Tangle Found Tapes Machine’ in action @ Käämer 12, in the rue Crickxstraat in St. Gilles (Brussels), just across the road from Les Ateliers Claus. The clip was shot sometime in the afternoon of friday january 23rd, while Jean-Jacques Duerinckx walked around playing his sopranino saxophone. The second layer of the soundtrack was recorded during the exhibition’s opening, on the evening of monday january 19th. 

The machine was part of the “? Footage or Fetish” exhibition and installation, that I set up there from january 19th till 25th, around my ongoing web project collecting and documenting magnetic audio tape, trashed in the streets: the Found Tapes Exhibition. At the moment the exhibit contains near to 600 chronologically documented tape finds, with pictures, and sounds.

In Käämer 12 I installed several visuals, each of which echoed visuals related to the Found Tapes Exhibition that I set up at other places before. The ‘Tingel Tangle Machine’ is a variation on the hanging cassette cemetery, that, like chinese wind chimes, I put behind the entrance door to the Raum für Kunst und Musik in Cologne (Germany), early april 2007.

To compare, here is also a short clip of that thing :

In Käämer 12 I attached the broken plastic cassette containers to the spokes of a rim of a bicycle wheel, that Frans Claus hung for me from the ceiling of the (about six meters) high front room of the gallery. On a table below the wheel, I put three old (found) record players. Onto each of the turntables I glued a (found) cassette case, which then hit the hanging cassettes.

What I had not foreseen, but in hindsight seems but evident and logical, is that the result is not only a ‘tingel’ (the clink-clanking sound of the plastic), but also a ‘tangle’: the ‘hitting’ results in a tangling-up of the hanging cassettes, into groups of 4, 5, 6 or even more. Like bananas, they gather in bunches …

That was nice.

But it also meant that regularly I had to disentangle the cassettes, in order for my Tingel-Tangle to make a fresh start …

Harold Schellinx

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