AUTOMATED AUDIOVISUAL REPRODUCTION OF A SOUND ARCHIVE, "∞". MAX/MSP PROGRAMMING BY ALMARE
INSTALLATION VIEW AT FONDAZIONE BARUCHELLO (2019).
the archive of loops is an expanding archive of sound improvisations, which I regularly perform in the intimacy of my studio or during live performances. making use of looper and effect pedals, I layer sounds generated through a multitude of sources which include guitar, percussions, harmonica, sound objects, smart phone, live radio broadcast and my own voice to explore modes of repetition, accumulation and automatic memory. each session is unique and archived unedited.
besides functioning as source material for compositions that play along with my films the archive is presented as an audiovisual installation. in this configuration 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 a 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.