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Peter Ablinger:
12 Kassettenrekorder
6a: (1992,94), 30'
6b: "konzertante Installation" (1996), 12'
6a: 12 tape recorders, 30';
6b: "concert installation", 12'

Weiss/Weisslich 6 is for a row of twelve tape-decks, divided six on one side six on the other, through which a sound was recorded and played and recorded and played and so on until colored static noise itself was the result.

The sound source that has been "verticalized" here very roughly was a C-major scale played at the piano. After getting accustomed to the resulting noise the density of this sound evokes audio illusions, very often portions of music, bells or speech, which are projections of our indiviual brain.

The version "Weiss/Weisslich 6b" is a "concert installation". It is designed to be presented between other performance pieces in concert situations. In the beginning the 12 tape recorders are switched on by a performer who then disappears. After about 12 minutes the machines turn off by themselves, one after the other (the 12 tapes are cut behind their last sound).

Installation view, Duisburg accidental 1997, photos: Maria Tržan

For performances one can rent both the 12 tape recorders and the cassettes at the publisher. Or: if you have 12 tape recorders with built-in mics, you also can produce the cassettes by yourself.

german description of how to create the performance material:

Weiss/Weisslich 6a:
> page 1 of 2
> page 2 of 2

Weiss/Weisslich 6b:
> page 1 of 3
> page 2 of 3
> page 3 of 3

for translations contact the publisher:
Dr. Siegwald Ganglmair, Ruprechtsplatz 4-5/10, A - 1010 Wien,
T: ++43 / 699 / 103 183 74, AB/F: ++43 / 1 / 535 12 66

> listen: Weiss/Weisslich 6, live at Hamburg, recorded by Andrew Levine
> CD: Sven Åke Johansson and Peter Ablinger live at Christianskirche Hamburg

Premiere of "Weiss/Weisslich 6", installation view 1994
and Peter Ablinger turning on the 12 cassette players
OK Linz, "Zur Kunst der Klangzucht" 1994, photos: Sabine Gruber

(English notes edited by Andrew Smith)

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