[microsound] Exit Through the Gift Shop

greg hooper greghpr at yahoo.com.au
Tue Feb 15 17:39:55 EST 2011

I did a bunch of stuff years ago - early 80s - where I took cassettes - those 
were the tech back then :)  and manipulated the  contents so that the cassette 
gradually changed throughout the entire length. eg From initially a simple 
intervention - faint phone ringing in the background, through playing a solo 
along with Perry Como's band through to asynchronous loops of the material going 
off on its own path to form multiple complex layers. 
Then I smuggled the manipulated cassettes - in the original shells and packaging 
- back into the stores for resale.

I started doing similar for rented videos - the idea was to recut scenes and 
insert ads taped off TV (I figured people would barely notice an inserted ad as 
we are all so conditioned to watching them within programs). Unfortunately I 
couldn't get enough access to video editing  -in those days editing suites were 
very 'exclusive'

From: Steven Ricks <stevericksmusic at gmail.com>
To: microsound at microsound.org
Sent: Wed, 16 February, 2011 2:16:34 AM
Subject: Re: [microsound] Exit Through the Gift Shop

Thanks Bernhard,

I'm interested in the latter--the "urban intervention" as you say.  I was trying 
to imagine creating and then anonymously installing some sort of sound producing 
device/apparatus in a public space that would contribute to the overall sound 
environment in the way the Banksy et al pieces contribute to the visual 
environment.  I imagine it has been done in places but I'm only aware of some of 
the "sanctioned" sound installations.  There are some obvious challenges above 
and beyond what the visual artists face, including cost, perceptibility, and 
perhaps perceived security issues even more present in our world today that 
would drastically cut short the life of an unattended unidentified 
electronic/mechanical device.  Anyway . . . any other thoughts/info out there . 
. . ?

On Tue, Feb 15, 2011 at 3:41 AM, Bernhard Living <bernhard.living at me.com> wrote:

Dear Steven
>Historically, there has alway been a close relationship between graffiti and so 
>called urban music. In the US this would be hip hop, and in the UK it would be 
>drum’n’bass and dub-step. Or are you asking if there is an equivalent in terms 
>of making an urban intervention using sounds? If so, then it’s an interesting 
>question to ask. The placing of speakers, playback devices and power sources 
>would be something of an issue though. However, one can go and capture sounds 
>from a location, and use these sounds for sample-based compositions, and then 
>virally infect any public sound systems.
> There is an interesting documentation of sounds here at the British Library as 
>part of the UK Sound Map; http://sounds.bl.uk/uksoundmap/index.aspx
>Bernhard Living
>On 15 Feb 2011, at 05:51, Steven Ricks wrote:
>Forgive me if I missed any discussion on the topic below--I don't recall seeing 
>anything . . . 
>>I know I'm a bit late on this, but I just watched Banksy's Exit Through the Gift 
>>Shop and found it interesting and thought provoking.  It raised the following 
>>question(s) in my mind:
>>What is or would be the musical equivalent of "Street Art" as presented in the 
>>Are the media too different to find close analogs? (Is it a worthwhile 
>>Steven Ricks
>>Associate Professor, BYU School of Music
>>(801) 422-6115
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Steven Ricks
Associate Professor, BYU School of Music
(801) 422-6115

Mild Violence
Extreme Measures

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