10 years ago I produced a small series of electronic pieces in which I reconstructed songs that had been deconstructed by various experimental composers before. After several attempts to upload these three pieces (the copyright-bots of various social platforms seem to work quite well), I decided to make them available on my homepage again:
Out of wariness listening to music that has been deconstructed, I felt obliged to reconstruct, what was destroyed by various composers before – & bringing back the music to its former beauty and glory.
The piece was made for the "Tribute to James Tenney Festival" 2007 at Wesleyan University under conduction of Alvin Lucier.
The piece "Reconstruction #1," consists of the original Elvis Presley recording "Blue Suede Shoes" from 1955, and reconstructed parts of the deconstructed material of the same piece that James Tenney was utilizing in his "Collage #1" in 1961.
I. Extracting, re-filtering and re-editing the deconstructed material of "Collage #1" back to its original state.
II. Transplanting the rescued fragments back into their original locations of "Blue Suede Shoes."
The techniques I used included cutting, editing, rewinding and pitch-bending.
The piece is successful if neither no fragments, or only small fragments of the deconstructed material of Tenney's "Collage #1" are recognizable.
The piece "Reconstruction #2," consists of the original Dolly Parton recording "The Great Pretender " from 1984, and reconstructed parts of the deconstructed material of the same piece that John Oswald was utilizing in his album Plunderphincs in 1988.
The techniques I used included pitch-bending, cutting and editing.
The piece "Reconstruction #3," consists of the original ...* recording "Ooh ..."* from 1994, and reconstructed parts of the deconstructed material of the same piece that Terre Thaemlitz was utilizing in his album Interstices in 2000.
Techniques: just cutting and re-editing
* note: name kept secret
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