music by the metre: an homage to Giuseppe Pinot-Gallizio
Giuseppe Pinot-Gallizio was a founding member of the Situationist International, and created Industrial Painting, or artworks created by machines which would automatically create abstract expressionist paintings on large rolls of paper.
Sound/installation/performance artist Graham Dunning has created Music By The Metre, an homage to the techniques and ideas of Pinot-Gallizio, and explains further:
"The Music by the Metre recordings are authentic (by which I mean sincere) compositions and pieces of music, and simultaneously a comment on the commodification of avant-garde and leftfield musics and sound art. The input sources I used for the compositions - looping turntables, live environmental sound, looping cassette tapes, analogue synthesizer drone - are those which I use in both live performance and composition. The fact that the duration of the pieces was determined only by the length of the tape spools onto which they were recorded (filling both sides) and their repetitive, rhtymical nature are references to the hypnotic, psychedelic nature of dance music culture, and the idea of 'ambient music' (whatever the term now means) as some sort of irrelevant, background silence-destroyer."
Dunning explains the process and techniques involved in the project in a video captured at the Sound//Space event in July:
Here's a 100m excerpt of '1206221722A':
Finally, find out more about Dunning and his work at his website.