"For Radio On" is 6 episodes towards a reflexion on cassettes, a tribute to the “tape in a box” which celebrates her 50 years in 2013. This special program for Radio On can be also considered as an outlet of what goes on in my laboratory under the roof, with the aim to look for new personal ways to use cassette tapes in my performances and materials in my work of composition.
Episode #5 - HAND WRITTEN TAPE
Looking for new personal ways to use cassettes for performances and composition, “Hand Written Tape” is the fifth episode produced by Anton Mobin of an ongoing serie of 6 programs celebrating cassette tapes to be broadcasted on Radio On by Adrian Shephard and Rinus van Alebeek.
The final outcome of this project presented here is the result of an experience in several stages :
Step 1: The starting point is a blank new tape and using various engraving tools (knife, pen, needle, punch), I engrave, register, puncture, damage, twist, scratch, wrinkle, stretch, wet or/and burn the virgin magnetic tape.
Step 2: Different listenings and recordings of the side A and then auto-reverse to listen to the side B with portions of the engraving process that pierced right through the tape. The silence of the tape drives powerfully as rugged of mal-treated tape.
Step 3: From previous sound materials : preparation of different tracks improvised, mixed live and record in real time on new blank cassettes.
3 cassettes “play” are produced, one with safe original sounds from step 1.
Step 4: Improvised session Maïzing Studio Paris, with 4 cassette magnetophones + a tape head.