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were some sound days, one separately be placed

by Zhao Cong / Zhu Wenbo

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one side 28:22
silence 00:58


The recordings were made during January 16th to February 27th, 2022. Recording gear included a cassette tape recorder, a cardioid dynamic microphone and a cassette tape. After some operations, the recorder’s eraser function was temporarily removed so that the sound could be recorded overlapping again and again.

During these days, Zhao Cong and Zhu Wenbo did recordings every day. Every time they chose a random place on tape and recorded a very short length, from a few seconds to one minute around, closing or keeping some distance to the sound source. They recorded separately using the same tape. Only on the last day they made two long recordings: one was cleaning up the room and the other was making bread.

What would the tape sound like? Would the materials match each other well? Would it be too quiet or too loud, or totally not be picked-up on microphone? Everything was unknown during this recording process. But now the final results are placed on CD here. No editing has been made on them.

Zhao Cong (チャオ・ソン) と Zhu Wenbo (トゥ・ウェンボウ) は、中国、北京在住の音楽家。来日経験も複数回あり、ふたりとも2019年の Ftarri Festival に出演している。Zhao Cong は2019年に Hitorri レーベルよりソロCD『Rotating, Rotating』(hitorri-983) を、Zhu Wenbo は2021年に Ftarri レーベルより Yan Jun とのデュオCD『Footprints』(ftarri-884) をリリース。

本CDに収録されているのは、楽器を演奏した音楽ではない。ふたりが使用したのは、一台のカセットテープ・レコーダー、一本のカーディオイド・ダイナミック・マイク、そして一本のカセットテープ。レコーダーは多重録音が可能なように消去機能を取り除いてある。2022年1月16日から2月27日にかけて、ふたりは1分以内の非常に短い時間の録音を随所でおこなった (ただし、最終日の部屋掃除とパン作りの録音だけは長め)。録音は各自別行動でおこなうが、テープは同じものを使う。



released December 25, 2022

Zhao Cong and Zhu Wenbo: objects, instruments, home appliances, movements, voices, cassette recorder manipulations

Recorded by Zhao Cong and Zhu Wenbo in Beijing
Mastered by Zhu Wenbo
Design by Cathy Fishman


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