‘Untitled (Tape Loop Piece)’ is an evolving sound sculpture comprised of four 5 second cassette tape loops. Each loop contains ¼ of a consonant harmonic relationship. Due to almost negligible inconsistencies in the construction of each loop the end points are milliseconds apart from each other resulting in a pattern that is unfixed and evolving.
The four loops are played discretely; at low volumes a distance away from each other, but close enough so that are all audible at any given time within the sounding space.
By establishing a recognizable musical relationship the piece instigates an expectant mode of listening; a mode where one listens with an aesthetically primed ear and assumes the anticipation/fulfillment model of a standard musical appreciation.
The piece’s constant evolution flaunts its appreciation as a musical object and instead creates an experience that does not culminate, resolve in accordance with a logic and is ongoing. It induces a state where one is actively listening but can’t say ‘to what?’ and, in true Cageian fashion is coerced into applying the musical frame to silence (unintended, indeterminate noise) which finds itself subsumed into the artificial soundscape.
untitled (tape loop piece) cassette players (x4), sound (∞ or there abouts), 2014