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Jan 20

The San Francisco Tape Music Festival

Featuring John Cage, Cliff caruthers and 10 more artists at ODC Theater

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Friday 20 January 2012Sunday 22 January 2012


ODC Theater
San Francisco, United States

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America's only festival devoted to the performance of audio works projected in three-dimensional space, with three distinct evenings of classic audio art and new fixed media compositions by 25 local and international composers. Hear members of the SF Tape Music Collective, along with guest composers, shape the sound live over a pristine surround system consisting of 16+ high-end loudspeakers while the audience is seated in complete darkness. It's a unique opportunity to experience music forming - literally - around you.

This year we celebrate 100 years of John Cage, with classic tape assemblages spanning his career, along with two new realizations of tape scores by the SF Tape Music Collective.

In addition, we present iconic masterpieces of the artform by Milton Babbitt, Raymond Scott, Jim Henson, Luc Ferrari, and The Beatles; and a diverse selection of local pieces includes new work by Bay Area luminaries Thom Blum, Cliff Caruthers, Jacob Felix Heule, Matt Ingalls, Kristin Miltner, Maggi Payne, and Rubber (O) Cement™.

We will also be marking 163 years of recorded sound by presenting the phonautograph realizations of (see above image). Listen to the first ever captured sounds, as you prepare for an evening of audio art that promises to engage and challenge your senses. From the earliest recording experiments to the latest innovations in sonic exploration, come and experience...

Finally, the festival's raison d'être is always hearing 'the state of the art' through works selected from our open call for submissions. The year we include pieces by Joseph Anderson (UK), Matthew Barnard (UK), Martin Bédard (Montréal), Christopher Burns (Milwaukee), Dan Joseph (New York), Orestis Karamanlis (Greece), Stelios Manousakis (Seattle), Émilie Payeur (Montréal), Alexander Schubert (Germany), Christian Swithinbank (UK), Adam Basanta (Montréal), and John Young (UK).

The San Francisco Tape Music Festival -- It's cinema for you ears!

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