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Happy New Year, Béla, Block und Balz …

Ich wünsche euch alles Gute und immer gut Licht! (I read that somewhere on a german photographers web site 🙂 …)

Finally (though already some weeks ago) I found the time to document the tapes that I picked up in april in Köln … It became the 80th acquisition of the Found Tapes Exhibition

As you know, it comes with a ‘limited edition’ on cassette of the corresponding montage :

Gefunden in Köln

If you let me know your addresses, I’ll send one to each of you!

There is some more writing in the newest soundblog entry: Restmuell

Hope we’ll run into one another again this year …!

Take care, H.

Crown of Thorns, found in Köln

grüsse aus sverige

streetspassbeim fluss

verhüllt in

einem dicken mantel

die feuchtigkeit ballt sich in dicken schwaden

hällt fesst,

aber lässt gedanken vergangener zeit


so sollen sie nirgens gleichsam sein.

spähtestens über elbbrücke weiss

ich bin da wo ich nicht wo ich bin



Pressebericht Über die Tapemosphere


Künstler drängts in die Röhre

unabhängiger Beitrag


den beitrag sehen

Tapemosphere auf

ein video besuch in zürich mit dem


tube ?

das ende war schön, und danach auch…








Tapemosphere #13 = Vicky #14

There is a short video up at YouTube’s and some more words to read here, on the Vicky Tapemosphere at the Kunsttour in Maastricht, may 28th 2007 …

Mo’ Better Mo-Tapemosphere (#9) / Chase away my fear

tapemosphere 9

(picture by Michael Peters)

“I was there early april, and watched them build it …

Saw Euclid’s children in the Köllner Moltkerei struggle with a wooden approximation of an octogone, to get the projections right, and mark the spots on the floor and on the ceiling where to put the screws to hold the nylon wires that would keep the cassette machines up floating in the air as if on a slightly inclined plane … See how transparent, how very fragile, how shaky! A something that’s almost not there. It looks as if made out of thin glass, about to shiver at the slightest of touch … And when set in motion, by plugging the plugs, it does so hesitatingly. The long looped strands of tape quiver, the little motors and wheels slightly squeal. Here and there one of the B-boyz’s has to lend the machine a hand, re-adjusting the placement of the tapes along the nylon wires that guide it, help them find their proper track … It is as if it is coming to life, willy-nilly, and not quite decided whether that is the right thing to do.
Much of its beauty is due to this hesitation, this frailty caused by the installation’s mechanical and analog imperfections …

The tapemosphere website has a short sound recording of the tapemosphere #9 installation.

If you listen carefully you’ll hear a singer sing ‘Chase away all my fear’ …It is part of one of the looped tunes composed for the tapemosphere by Block Barley. It is like a plea, or a prayer; it might be the statement of a fact; but it is also a command, and a charm, and a spell. In fact, it is all of these together. And because it is all of these together it is magic. A tune that lingers; a mantra playing on – insistingly – inside your head. An earworm if ever I got one …

‘Chase away all my fear’ was this ninth tapemosphere’s soundtrack, endlessly looping from Block’s laptop in the mornings, and twirling from a cassette playing in a portable player during the installation of the loop-sphere in the Moltkerei, at times dangling from the steering wheel of a bicycle while we were going here or there, or standing on the pavement while we were late in the evening drinking beers on the steps of a shop’s porch in the Aachener Straße, with Béla making chalk drawings of cassettes, and rushing up and down the street on his skateboard, handing out flyers to passers-by … ”

[ Read more in the soundblog … ]