Gordon Monahan - Tape Pulling
  Year :   1983
  Location :   Canada
  Worktype :   Performance/installation
  Materials:   -
  Info :   1st performance: Artculture Resource Centre, Toronto

Sound Object
  Work Details  
  A tape recording of electronically-generated percussive sounds created on a Buchla Electric Music Box is prepared on reel-to-reel tape. The tape is fed through the playback heads of a tape machine without a take-up reel. The end of the tape is tied to a stationary abject so that when the tape recorder is moved, the tape is pulled through the playback heads at a varying speed depending on the speed of movement of the tape recorder itself. The tape is then broken by hand and the end of the tape is pulled into the audience, as the tape machine now remains stationary. The end of the tape is given to audience members and it is passed around so that the audience can play the tape themselves by pulling it at various speeds through the tape heads. The broken and tangled pieces of tape lay in piles on the ground at the end of the piece. These piles of tape become sculptural objects representing audio garbage. ©Gordon Monahan 1983 Accessed 02.07.2007 from http://www.gordonmonahan.com