1. Archipelago


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    Archipelago is a sculpture for 53 portable CD players. The work inverts their normal role as the source of audio, turning them instead into receptors of sound: ears. In doing so the work asks how these machines might behave were they able to hear, to hear one another, to hear themselves. Electromagnetic recordings of the machines are played back into their motors, causing them to twitch, tremble and spin unpredictably. These mechanised spasms are then amplified through an array of small speakers encircling them. The abandoned portable stereos of the past, a technology designed to enable solitude and isolation in even the most crowded of spaces, are transformed into a network of nervous electronic eavesdroppers. This video was shot at Rumpsti Pumsti (Musik) in Berlin, with thanks to Daniel Löwenbrück.

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    • Stephen Cornford and Patrick Farmer Live at Cafe Oto. 12.10.13


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      Filmed as part of the Consumer Waste 2013 Autumn tour by Kostis Kilymis

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      • Solipsism Cinema


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        The subject of this double 16mm projection is the mechanics and optics of the projector itself. Filmed during a Sound and Music funded residency at no.w.here film lab, the work searches for an optical form of feedback, closing the distance between camera and projector by pointing their lenses at one another. Through this self-reflexive relationship the opto-mechanical apparatus of cinema becomes visible: the bulb, framed in the gate, is caused to flicker by the interaction of the two shutters. In performance the projector (re)produces its own image on the screen in front of us, the gaze of the audience is met only by the gaze of the machine looking back at them. http://www.no-w-here.org.uk/ http://www.soundandmusic.org/projects/embedded

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        • Bennett, Chalmers, Cooke & Cornford


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          It's rare to have four improvisers and not get beyond the letter C. Amalgam live at Bristol's Old Vic 07.11.12.

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          • Five Introverted Machines


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            An wall-based work for five identical first generation Philips cassette players. The tape heads have been detached and extended, probing for the machine's own electromagnetic emissions.

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            • George Brecht's Water Yam realised by The Albion Players 15072012


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              Initiated by online record label Compost and Height's Water Yam project (in which artists from all over the world are invited to participate in posting their interpretations of the iconic text scores of George Brecht, The Albion Players have selected a small number of events from the box of text scores published by George Maciunas, Tomas Schmit, and George Brecht, amongst them, the event entitled, RECIPE, a word whose etymology, from the Latin, ‘receive’, was first used as an instruction in medical prescriptions, shedding new light on the seemingly disconnected objects and the instructions contained therein - the 'performer' is invited to, amongst other things, mark paper with a burnt match and place an egg in a glass. As Brecht's prior training as a chemist is considered in light of the subtle etymology, the potential depth and scope of interpretation framed in this seemingly simple box of linguistic and perceptive relationships is shown to contain no bottom. LOST & FOUND is an ongoing project of the Sonic Art Research Unit (SARU) exploring a variety of approaches to the use of found, salvaged, revealed and rediscovered materials including texts, sounds, scores, images, objects, instruments and contexts in the creative arts.

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              • Stephen Cornford & Ben Gwilliam - Recorded (on) Delivery


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                Stephen Cornford & Ben Gwilliams' body of work employs collaborative sound making at a distance from one another. Recorded (on) Delivery forms part of this ongoing practice: a new work in which the post is used not to send recorded sounds but the objects to be used in their production. In the time leading up to the exhibition, each artist completely dismantled a tape machine of their own, right down to the components, wires and even collections of dust. Once the parts were listed they were methodically posted to the other collaborator in the two months preceding the show. Upon receiving a package of listed parts chosen specifically by the sender, the receiver then performs a single sound-producing action with each item in any way that they feel adequate. These actions were recorded to 1/4” tape. The installation was exhibited at Modern Art Oxford as part of the Audiograft Festival beyween 28th February and 4th March 2012. Audiograft is a project of the Sonic Art Research Unit at Oxford Brookes University. Stephen Cornford: http://www.scrawn.co.uk/ Ben Gwilliam: http://www.thosesoundsbetween.co.uk/

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                • An extract from Geese by Ben Owen


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                  The Albion Players realised Ben Owen's score Geese during Lost & Found at the Holywell Music Room, Oxford, as part of audiograft (01032012). The Albion Players are Stephen Cornford, Patrick Farmer and Sarah Hughes. The video was shot and edited by Paul Whitty. Lost & Found is a project of the Sonic Art Research Unit (SARU) at Oxford Brookes University.

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                  • Stephen Cornford - Interview@LEAP


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                    Stephen Cornford is presenting his Work "Binatone Galaxy" at LEAP. It is part of the Exhibition Series BodyControlled. www.leapknecht.de

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                    • Binatone Galaxy


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                      An installation for used cassette players which looks on their obsolescence not as an ending, but as an opportunity to reconsider their functional potential. Superseded as playback devices, they become instruments in their own right. Replacing the prerecorded content of each tape with a microphone gives us the chance to listen instead to the rhythmic and resonant properties of these once ubiquitous plastic shells. Binatone Galaxy brings the framework within which a generation purchased their favourite records to the centre of attention, revealing the acoustics of the cassette and the voices of the machines themselves.

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