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 is presented to the public in the form of open recording sessions (The Archive of Loops: Open Recording Sessions) and as a self standing installation. In this case the archive is reproduced in its relative entirety by an algorithm that pseudo randomly skips 31 seconds in 31 seconds within the overall duration. At each interval between sound reproductions (which happen in total darkness) the computer script displays on a blue 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 behaviour of the average user of the online digital music platform Spotify. Data analysis reveals that 35% of users, a percentage that increases up to 50% with age decrease, skips between songs every less than 30 seconds, hence before a song is counted as a stream and its author granted their share of royalties.