Piece for Eight Microcassette Recorders
written for Jon Singer, Fall 2015
In this piece, eight microcassette recorders are used together as a musical instrument. Rather than employing a wide-ranging sonic palate, each tape contains a single sustained pitch. Therefore, what is interesting about the sound of this piece is not necessarily what was recorded, or the resulting melodies and harmonies, but rather the distortions that come from the tapes themselves. This creates a tension between the traditional pitch-based musical content, the expected content of a “tape piece,” and the mechanical and utilitarian interaction with the instrument.