:: protest for three cassettes ::

protest for three cassettes

Protest For Three Cassettes is the introduction to a larger body of lived sound, that is, experiential sound. This form of experiential sound is produced by the audience, progresses with participation, and presents communal experiences and ideologies as nodes of access. Recorded with the use of one iPhone and two microcassettes, Protest For Three Cassettes is a multilogue in its most basic form.

From the two microcassettes is a verbal dialogue between a gay soldier in the Israeli Defense Force and a young American woman expressing her discontent with the empiricism of Western authoritarian structures. The soldier and I were having a conversation in which the phrase “we will love each other” arose, and I asked him if he would translate. The passage the young woman recites is borrowed from “A Declaration of Separation” written by an anonymous collective identifying as the Free and Unashamed. The audio thread which supports this dialogue is a piece of conversation reproduced and arpeggiated through a sampler. This arpeggiation develops a shattered envelop of noise that can create a platform for the external microcassette dialogue, and leaves further space for participation.

Though this model is not specifically tailored for participation [no mics, no mix, no extra forms to record], the way that this project is intended to be performed resembles that of a sound map. If this were to become a full-time idea then I think in collaboration with active projects such as the Ghana Think Tank, Pedals for Progress, or the Do Lectures the concept at hand has the ability to transform into a constructive global dialogue, represented visually, initially collected by a pool of global workers. This sound map could be opened up to most technologies and become a participatory flow of idealism, archived over time, collecting an honest reflection of global events as they occur in real time.

As a participatory piece of audio this project is meant to become a vehicle for social intervention more than it is meant for idle, pleasurable consumption, inspired by the exploration of text-based forums, sound maps with intent and civic-ambient projects like You Are Listening to Los Angeles.

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