This issue comprises one of a regular series of audio cassettes with the similar name PhonoStatic, forming an integral, though sidestream, component of the PhotoStatic project.
The current issue, as the booklet notes point out, is a bit of a departure from the previous releases in the series (which you’ve yet to hear!) in that silent pauses between the tracks are not used as a convention to separate the work of one artist from the next. The editor chose instead to undertake an “editorial improvisation” with the source material at hand, and make from it an audio collage, as the title of the tape indicates.
Audio Collage features works by previous PhonoStatic contributors, including Tim Risher (appearing here in the ensemble Paragaté), the then-fledgling Tape-beatles (who weigh in with a track from the submerged release Steal this Lick), the prolific, and decidedly low-tech, X.Y. Zedd (a.k.a. Scott Paul Elledge), saxophreak Barry Edgar Pilcher (excerpts from his long-form “Mail Art Love Express” appearing dispersed throughout), and the mysterious 9digit Zip.
Visual and verbal artist contributors, doubling here as audio artist contributors, include Wisconsin’s Floating Concrete Orchestra (Miekal And, Liz Was, and others), John Kennedy a.k.a. Berndt, word artist Jake Berry, and the Scraptacular Chris Winkler.
Significant contributions are also made by the Mystery Tape Laboratories of Toronto, the Bordelais group Ensemble Vide, the Post-Void Radio Theatre from Minneapolis, and others, creating an international line up of audio artists working in extremely varied ways. Nonetheless, the collection forms a very listenable and cohesive whole.
Option 29, November 1989
Duplication run: 164.
PDF and Mp3 upload: 2003-02-01.
Photostatic Magazine Retrograde Archive no. 36'
X.Y. Zedd composite track split into two tracks
Contributors and Tracks
The tracks are Mp3s and hosted on the UBUWEB archive.
|099||Barry Edgar Pilcher from “Mail Art Love Express”||:58|
|100||The Haters from “Destroyed Music”||:54|
|101||Son of Spam Happy Collapse||2:24|
|102||Paragaté Not to be Confused With the Real Thing||:40|
|103||Bill Shores Jason Revs Up (from “Our Television World”)||2:24|
|104||X. Y. Zedd Kisssme (from “BigNoise89”)||3:03|
|105||X. Y. Zedd Hans Arp (from “BigNoise89”)||3:41|
|106||John Kennedy Cavern||2:43|
|107||Barry Edgar Pilcher from “Mail Art Love Express”||:42|
|108||Mechanical Sterility Tom Didn’t Get the Right Gift||1:06|
|109||The Tape-beatles /o/ for Frog (from “Steal This Lick”)||1:36|
|110||Mystery Labs from “GX”||1:24|
|111||José Vanden Broucke from “Another Midnight Temple Music”||2:27|
|112||The Haters from “Destroyed Music”||1:02|
|113||L’Abbé Martine Arbiste Centour||1:23|
|114||Chris Winkler What the Bible Says About Drugs||2:14|
|115||found Headache (through effects box)||1:18|
|116||John Kennedy Trope||2:34|
|117||Barry Edgar Pilcher from “Mail Art Love Express”||:24|
|118||Floating Concrete Orchestra from “Polynoise”||1:55|
|119||The Post-Void Radio Theater Miracle in Palookaville||1:11|
|120||Bill McMahon Natural Pauses||:09|
|121||L’Abbé Martine Arbiste Kao-Sh-Out||4:27|
|122||Mystery Labs from “GX”||1:38|
|123||9digit Zip Concrète (Fragment)||1:30|
|124||Ensemble Vide La Machine||1:55|
|125||Jake Berry Swamp Chant||2:46|