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Cities and Memory: Dada Sounds

February 5, 2016 marks 100 years since the founding of the Cabaret Voltaire in Zurich, and thus the beginning of Dada. To mark the occasion, Cities and Memory: Dada Sounds applies the techniques and practices of Dada to field recordings from around the world.


I also contributed one field recording and its corresponding Dadaist remix …according to Tristan Tzara’s method How to Make a Dadaist Poem.

Edit: I am glad to announce that the piece is now included on the Dada Sounds highlights album, available as a free download release at

Explore more Dada Sounds at Cities and Memory.

I     Original Field Recording

This is an excerpt of a 7 minute recording, listen to it at aporee ::: maps.


II     How to Make a Dadaist Field Recording

To make a Dadaist Field Recording:

  1. Take a field recording.
  2. Take a digital audio workstation.
  3. Choose a section of the field recording as long as you are planning to make your Dadaist field recording.
  4. Cut out the section.
  5. Then split this section randomly in short pieces and arrange the snippets on four different tracks.
  6. Shuffle all the pieces several times, randomly reverse some of the pieces.
  7. Then take the scraps one after the other and put it on one track in the order in which they are, without gaps.
  8. Render conscientiously to a new file.
  9. The recording will be like you.
  10. And here are you a sound artist, infinitely original and endowed with a sensibility that is charming though beyond the understanding of the vulgar.

according to Tristan Tzara’s method How to Make a Dadaist Poem.

III     Dadaist remix


About Cities and Memory

CandM-cover-photoCities and Memory is a global field recording and sound art work by Stuart Fowkes that presents both the present reality of a place, but also its imagined, alternative counterpart – remixing the world, one sound at at time. The project is open to submissions from field recordists, sound artists, musicians or anyone with an interest in exploring sound.



Cultural anthropologist studying the sonic environment

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