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Korn, Christoph : Ich Spreche Diesen Text (Edition Wandelweiser Records)

Two conceptual compositions from Christoph Korn: the first, "Ich Spreche Diesen" (I appeal to this) where spoken word is placed in a loop and then slowly erased by custom software using aleatory procedures; then "Stille" (Silent), a Cage inspired work.

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UPC: 4011778040767

Label: Edition Wandelweiser Records
Catalog ID: EWR 1606
Squidco Product Code: 23039

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2016
Country: Germany
Packaging: Cardstock 3 page foldover
Recorded in Dusseldorf, Germany on March 12th, 2016.


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track listing:

1. Ich Spreche Diesen Text (I Speak This Text) 15:00

2. Stille (Silence) 15:00
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"I speak this text. It is recorded on a storage medium using a microphone. Thereafter the recorded text is placed for 15 minutes in a repetitive loop, and within this time it is erased successively bit by bit. For this purpose, a software-based machine has been programmed, which chooses and deletes certain parts of the audio recording using an aleatory procedure.This automatic process is used to avoid any sort of compositional interest, and to direct one's attention completely toward the process itself. The sound of my voice. Der Klang meiner Stimme."-Linear Notes

"On a symposium about experimental radio art last weekend, I found the conceptual work of german artist Christoph Korn quite interesting in the context of this blog. Since three years he deals with automated audio erasing processes. He presented one piece that will be broadcasted later this year on german radiostation HR3 and is actually a reverse version of Alvin Lucier's "I'm sitting in a room". Instead of replaying the audio into the room again, Korn wrote a patch for MAX/MSP which automatically erases fragments of audio with every repetition from a spoken text quite similar to Lucier's classic piece. After about 15 min. there is no audio anymore, the piece ends in silence. A similar concept, only over a much longer time period, was persued in his piece "waldstueck" that is based on a 24-hour field recording of a forest section close to Dachau, a former nazi concentration camp. The audio recording has been transferred to a web server and will be successively deleted, randomly and automatically, over a period of three years. The deletion process began on February 5, 2008 and within three years there will be nothing to be heard. A protocol of disappearance, one might say, over the impossibility either to say, or not to say anything about or around Dachau."-Andreas Bick, Silent Listening

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