Sunday, July 20, 2008

Recorded Delivery

Michael, one of the other artists in residency here, is engaged with a friend in a mail-art project that involves them mailing pieces of wood back and forth, presumably collecting scratches, nicks and other indicators of its travels. Today on Ubuweb I noticed a recently posted audio equivalent, by the artist Janek Schaefer. It's the renowned sound artist's earliest audio work, dating from 1995, and involves the packing and shipping of a sound-sensitive tape recorder (apparently his father, grandfather and great-grandfather were all postmen). You can listen to the sounds of the parcel traveling through the London postal system, the sound device capturing the loudest 72 minutes of the 15 hour journey, here.

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