Performed at Ars Electronica Festival twice on:
- 8 September 2017 AEN // Nightline – NOISE OPENING on Mainstage, Linz / Austria
- 11 September 2017 AEF // Music Monday – Bruckneruniversität, Linz / Austria
Other past dates:
- 20 May 2017 Body.Sound.Space Festival, Linz / Austria
- 6 October – Pikkuääniaalto // Espoo, Finland
- 7 October – Third Space // Helsinki, Finland
“Lost, but not lost forever” is a sound performance that uses old media devices to create new soundscapes. The set-up is made from 2 cassette players that are continuously playing 3 changeable cassette tape loops; 2 radios are also added to play random AM frequencies and create a depth to the sound. A sewing machine is the central piece; 2 piezo microphones are positioned on its surface to detect the vibrations and transform them in audible waves, also an adjacent rhythm is created using the metal needle perforating the surface. A light sensor from a Signum device is used to create the principal beat and the bass. A small PCB (printed circuit board) is the last one to be added and used to close the performance.
I don’t know if you want the audience to know but one of the first things I asked myself when reading the description of you performance was if there was any reason why you chose this machines.
Is their a concept behind it, is it because of their specific noises or because of their stories and what is being associated with them?
Also the title made me wonder.
The performance was first created as a project for the Media Archeology class with Gebhard Sengmüller; all the students supposed to create a new art project based on old media or old media devices. By coincidence, Christa [Sommerer] was passing by in the day of the final presentation and invited me to AEF (actually she invited quite all because she liked what she saw).
Anyway, when I was first thinking about the sound performance, I immediately thought to grab some walkmans and play with cassette tape loops somehow like making a live analog sound composition. I wanted to recreate the act of playing in Ableton with loops using a computer, but without a computer; so the only solution was to recreate the physical / analog loops as cassette loops that are the base of this performance. I then added the 2 radios because they offer amazing frequencies and I wanted to add an old (not electric) sewing machine because I am very familiar with it from my childhood and I just love it. It wasn’t very easy to get a not electrical sewing machine, so I had to make a compromise and stick to the electrical pedal sewing machine (the one we had in the work room). After that I added few more components that helped me to achieve the soundscape I had in my mind.
The title “Lost, but not lost forever” is a tribute to old media that doesn’t exist anymore (or dead media) but we still remember their existence. Also puts the question “What’s the life expectancy of a media?”. Of course depends from type to type, but at the end, somehow they all die. Or “Is there a media that never died?”. “What’s the new media that is going to conquer the world?”.