Music is an ongoing audio series, with a listening station located
in the Physics Rooms toilets. The audio works are triggered
to play at any random point upon the unsuspecting visitor entering
the room. The programme for 2002 highlights the infinite array of
approaches that can be taken within the medium of sound - from
sampling found-sounds or editing recorded broadcasts, to the computer
manipulation of recorded organic sounds.
Piped Music was initially an initiative of the Oblique
10 April - 03 May
Good Morning Mr DeMone
Kn O (Canada)
The soundtrack to an imaginary B grade horror movie, this piece
records a day in the life of our hero Mr. Robert S. DeMone, chairman
and CEO of the Royal York Hotel. Mr DeMone wakes up on March 21,
19XX at 7am to the sound of the morning radio (National Public Radio)
just like hes done for the past 25 years. Or has he?
08 May - 01 June
Dick Without A hole (Red Detachment of Women Mix)
Ben Harper (Australia)
Using a recording of talkback radio, Harper has
edited the conversations of radio host Bob and his late-night callers
into a playful little dance of fumbled verbal exchanges and missed
punchlines. Set to a cheerful, semi-funky shuffle, the four protagonists
juggle dud gags back and forth, never grasping them yet never quite
letting them drop.
12 June - 06 July
Cone and Cave
John McCallum (Christchurch)
Due to an emerging interest in sounds from inside things, McCallum
has recorded sounds in caves around the Port Hills and inside a
plastic road cone. The recordings have been deconstructed by various
means and reassembled into new forms, exploiting the spaces to give
character to the sound sources used - creating "theoretical
techno" out of organic found-sounds.
17 July - 10 August
Jane Venis (Dunedin)
Boil is a remixed version of the sound component in
Venis performance piece Southern Womans Dream
kitchen. Sampling pots boiling, water running and washing
dishes, Venis transforms her kitchen appliances into instruments.
In Boil we witness mundane found-sounds mixed together
to become a surprisingly catchy dance tune.
04 September - 05 October
A Minutes Silence
Dominic Forde (Australia)
This recording revisits a minutes silence observed in respect of
the lives lost in terrorist attacks in New York, at the MCG before
kick off at the AFL Grand Final on September 14 2001. The track
is looped, trapping the listener into the suspended moment of anticipation
and tension. However the moment is broken early when an impatient
supporter breaks the silence to cheer for his team.
16 October - 09 November
Mike OKane (New Zealand)
This piece has been constructed from a collection of discarded
audio cassette tape pieces - those curly bits that get stuck
in your car stereo! Gathering tapes from various contributors around
the country, OKane gets back to the basics of cut-and-paste,
creating new sounds from an all but obsolete sound medium.