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Owing to increasingly difficult navigation, downloads and other problems with Last.FM, SARS is migrating to Archive.Org very shortly. New material will follow as soon as this is complete.

The Sonic Aggregate Reappropriation System (SARS) is a FREE downloadable archive of RAW MATERIAL sound recordings by artists for artists. The SARS Virus is an open source-style experimental sound project initiated by artist Seth Guy (Brignell) in 2009 []. His own contributions to the project includes a vast amount of raw material resulting from object actions and material manipulations recorded as material for solo & collaborative works conducted from 2001 to the present.


The concept for SARS arose in 2008 from working with a wealth of submitted material as part of a file-sharing project (see, Reaktions). What became apparent was not simply how different the material was, but how different the methods, media and construction of that the artists employed. What also transpired was how common it was for a great amount of material recorded by artists was never used and was simply discarded. Why discard when one can share?

It became clearer and clearer too that it isn’t possible to fully explore every avenue of sound-making, that methods and approaches, not to mention access to different technologies etc was out of the question to most people as they learned so in settling for one approach their work invariably took on the identity of that way of working.

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