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.
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:
- Take a field recording.
- Take a digital audio workstation.
- Choose a section of the field recording as long as you are planning to make your Dadaist field recording.
- Cut out the section.
- Then split this section randomly in short pieces and arrange the snippets on four different tracks.
- Shuffle all the pieces several times, randomly reverse some of the pieces.
- Then take the scraps one after the other and put it on one track in the order in which they are, without gaps.
- Render conscientiously to a new file.
- The recording will be like you.
- 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
Cities 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.