Open Sound Group: Tape Music

“it's all done with tape recorders consider this machine and what it can do ... you can study and analyze every pause and inflection of a recorded conversation ... a tape recorder can play back fast slowly or backwards ... play a sentence backwards and learn to unsay what you just said... such exercises bring you a liberation from old association locks” William Burroughs, The Invisible Generation.

Open Sound Group events give participants the opportunity to share ideas; talk about and demonstrate their practices and methods; form potential collaborative connections; and create sounds and record together. While the format of the day is open and flexible, one expected outcome is a series of recordings which will be released through the Open Sound Group netlabel. The event will take place at Elevator Gallery in Hackney Wick, East London.

The event is open to artists, musicians, composers and performers from any background. The one restriction specific to this event is that only analogue tape can be used, both as input source and recording medium. Four-track cassette and domestic reel-to-reel machines will be available on the day.

Graham Dunning runs Open Sound Group and is an artist and musician. Previous installations have used reel-to-reel machines, found footage and tape looping. In recent live performances Graham has been live sampling from found tapes, via walkmans, to make improvised rhythmical and drone based music.

Simon Reuben White is a director of Elevator Gallery and also an artist and musician. A previous exhibition piece invited viewers to listen to cassettes from a found audio journal. Simon recently took part in a recording project at Kurt Schwitters' Merzbarn using pre-recorded sounds to improvise direct from tape.

The workshop is free to attend but places are limited. To apply please send the following to gndunning[at]

-Approx 100 words about your working practice with analogue tape;
-One weblink to your site or blog
-One link to some online sound (soundcloud/youtube etc)
Please note: for successful applicants, these will be shared on the OSG blog.

Deadline: Fri 31 Aug 2012.
Open Sound Group:

What: Open Sound Group: Tape Music
Where: Elevator Gallery, Fifth Floor, Mother Studios, Queen’s Yard, White Post Lane, Hackney Wick, London E9 5EN
When: Sun 16 Sep 2012, 1-8pm
Further Details:
-Visit the Open Sound Group website
-Visit the Elevator Gallery website
Contact: gndunning[at]
Deadline: Fri 31 Aug 2012