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piece for objects found in the street


Piece for objects found in the street by Anne-F Jacques is an instructional text score composed for Art’s Birthday in January 2021. A series of workshops on sound recording and editing hosted by New Adventures in Sound Art facilitated some of the realizations of the score.

These instructions suggest a way to perform and record an audio piece using found objects. You will need a recording device (digital recorder, phone, etc) and headphones. The completed piece can either be an audio or video file of 5 minutes maximum, and uploaded to a media sharing location (YouTube or Soundcloud). Share the link to your realization by email to outreach at naisa dot ca. You can also decide to keep it as a private experiment.

1. Go for a walk. Look around for abandoned or unclaimed objects. You may consider getting yourself a coffee. Bring back:
– a disposable coffee cup
– a dense heavy object
– a long, thin object
– another object of any shape or characteristic that interests you

2. Place the cardboard coffee cup over the microphone(s) of your recorder or phone, covering it/them if possible. You may use one of your hands to keep the cup in place, or find another way of securing it. Start recording.

3. Gently roll the dense object on the cup, attempting to have every face of the object be in contact with every face of the cup (not at the same time).

4. Remove the cup, replace it with the plastic lid secured over the mic. Insert the long thin object in the drinking hole of the lid and slide it in and out.

5. Remove the lid. Open the closest window. Do something with the last object (or do nothing with it).

6. Stop the recording.

7. Edit as necessary, and if you wish, share as instructed in the introduction.

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Anne-F Jacques is a sound artist based in Montreal, Canada. She is interested in amplification, oblique interactions between materials and construction of various contraptions and idiosyncratic systems. Her particular focus is on low technology, trivial objects and unpolished sounds. She keeps busy with regular battery-powered performances in vacant lots in the southwest of Montréal.