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Rajeev Basu: “EEP EEP EEP EP”

Woop, woop, that’s the sound of da police: FĂŒr “EEP EEP EEP EP” hat der britische KĂŒnstler Rajeev Basu ein Konzeptalbum komponiert, dass komplett nur aus Alarmtönen besteht. “It’s a global interactive music-arts experiment to see if it’s possible to turn one of society’s most despised sounds, the sounds of alarms, into music that people might actually enjoy. We’ve all had that car alarm outside that just won’t stop. It kicked off with the launch of EEP EEP EEP EP. A concept album made entirely using alarms. I collaborated with some of the world’s top sound designers on this, like Malcolm Goldie (London), David Kamp (Berlin), Dominic Matar (NY) and Michael Manning (London). The results are surprisingly good. Who thought they’d ever sit back and relax to the sounds of police sirens mixed with car alarms and fire alarms. For the interactive part – I’ve made the alarms they used to make the album, available to download by anyone, to try and make their own track. I’ll create a 1 of 1 original track-artwork inspired by every entry. And the best three will be turned into sound sculpture installations to exhibit in 2012.

Alarms are the only material used to create EEP EEP EEP EP. Many of which were captured as field recordings, a technique that has grown in popularity in avant-garde and experimental works. As such, the project’s musical style can be described as ‘Musique concrĂšte’ (French for “concrete music”). It is a form of electroacoustic music that uses elements not traditionally thought of as “musical”. The theory behind this musical aesthetic was developed by the French composer Pierre Schaeffer in the late 1940’s. The project’s experimental direction is also influenced by Karlheinz Stockhausen, whose groundbreaking approach to electronic music inspired many artists to break out of traditional forms.” Via: Mail, thx!

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