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What is Tape Music??
It is a bit paradoxical to use the word traditionally with a practice of the avant garde -- but, traditionally the words tape music have referred to the target media of a new kind of music. This new kind of music is not composed for arbitration by a pianist and the piano, so it must not be piano music. . . not for the string quartet, not for the orchestra, not even for the rock band.
Music Composed for Tape.
The idea of a music composed for a fixed medium, while perhaps starting down a path, does not really lead us to a fundamentally new art. If the only criteria for differentiating tape music from all other musics is the fixed delivery medium -- magnetic tape, vinyl, CD, miniDisc -- then our thought has just led us to all industrialized forms of music, so called "popular" and "classical". When this is our only standard, we discover tape music is actually the foremost music of our time. The kids love it, the moms subdue their road-rage with it, the dads sing tunelessly with it, and so on.
But This Music May Not be Music.
The pieces we present transcend simplistic notions of music and its materials and its "instruments." The recording/playback media itself is treated not as a stand-in for an absent performer, a poor man's orchestra, but as a vital and unique territory for exploration/exploitation. They coexist in many worlds, blurring the line between composition, field recordings, sound design, "cinema for the ear," virtual [audio] reality, "radio" drama, and sound synthesis. This art form does not depend upon the posturing of performers. It does not worship the technology with which it was produced, nor does it fetishize the physical medium in which it is contained. There is nothing to see here! In the same way cinema is NOT theatre, tape music is NOT music.
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Past SFTMC concerts
The San Francisco Tape Music Festival 2018
The San Francisco Tape Music Festival 2016
The San Francisco Tape Music Festival 2013
The San Francisco Tape Music Festival 2012
The San Francisco Tape Music Festival 2011
Unravelling Tape An installation by the San Francisco Tape Music Collective
The San Francisco Tape Music Collective @ Mills College
The San Francisco Tape Music Festival 2009
The San Francisco Tape Music Festival 2007
The San Francisco Tape Music Festival 2006
Cinema for the Ear: The San Francisco Tape Music Festival
San Francisco Electronic Music Festival
Strictly Ballroom Series
The Tranparent Tape Music Festival
Big Sur Experimental Music Festival II
The San Francisco Tape Music Collective is dedicated to presenting performances of audioArt diffused through a surround-sound speaker environment.
The SFTMC and the SF Tape Music Festival are projects of sfSound
The San Francisco Tape Music Collective is
Joseph Anderson | Thom Blum | Cliff Caruthers
Matt Ingalls | Kent Jolly | Kristin Miltner | Maggi Payne
We are always looking for new works.
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