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Shaun Robert, Allan Zane, Big City Orchestra, PBK

Chain Letter Exhortation Series #4 (Tape)

Label: PBKsound

Format: Tape

Genre: Electronic

In stock


*40 copies limited edition* The Chain Letter Exhortation Series explores the idea of creating an audio composition and passing it from one participant to another while adding to, modifying and remixing the structure. Unlike the "Exquisite Corpse", where each artist places their contribution where the last artist's works ends, in the "chain" each artist listens to and decides how to integrate with or subvert the entire structure at their whim. There are no set rules. The process is dictated by each participant, there could be close collaboration between participants, discussions of direction and methodology, or there might be none of that. The personality stamp of the individual may be strong, or might be closer to anonymity.

The "chain letter" concept began in the late 50's via the mail-art movement. One of its most ardent devotees was Detroit-born, Ray Johnson. Later, the idea was taken up by audio artists working in the cassette underground who would exchange tapes from artist to artist to mix and remix. "International Mail-Music Group" with Al Margolis, Bogart, Rafael Flores and Yutaka Tanaka (1986), and "Chain Mail Collab" with Das Ubuibi, Jeph Jerman, John Hudak and PBK (1988) both exemplify the four-way collaboration approach used for the Chain Letter Exhortation Series.

Cat. number: none
Year: 2022

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