THE ARCHIVE OF LOOPS

Sound archive,  2017-

The Archive of Loops is an expanding archive of sound improvisations, which the artist regularly performs and records

in her studio. Making use of looper and effect pedals, layers of sound are generated through a multitude of sources which include voice, guitar, percussions, sound objects and live radio broadcasts to explore modes of repetition, accumulation and collective memory formation. Each session is unique and archived unedited. The archive is the source material for compositions that play along with the artist’s films and installations and crystallises in digital album releases (The Archive of Loops: Volumes) and open recording sessions (The Archive of Loops: Open Recording Sessions).

 

The Archive of Loops can also be presented as an audiovisual installation, intact and in its relative entirety, reproduced

by an algorithm that pseudo randomly skips 31 seconds in 31 seconds within the overall duration. At each interval the computer script displays on a screen the recording date of the following track fragment. While the content of the archive presents itself as an intimate, spontaneous and inconclusive sonic diary, the automated reproduction mimics the average behaviour of the users of the digital music platform Spotify. Data analysis reveals that 35% of users, a percentage that increases up to 50% with age decrease, skips from one song to the next before 30 seconds have elapsed, hence before

a song is counted as a stream and its author granted their share of royalties.

 

 

 

The Archive of Loops, installation view at Fondazione Baruchello, Rome.

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