now available for download, retrograde release no. 15, february 2003:
PhonoStatic 10 Cassette
(direct download of 26 ogg vorbis file available on above link)
This issue comprises one of a regular series of audio cassettes with the similar name PhonoStatic, forming an integral, though sidestream, component of the PhotoStatic project.
Description. "Audio Collage." The current issue, as the booklet notes point out, is a bit of a departure from the previous releases in the series (which you’ve yet to hear!) in that silent pauses between the tracks are not used as a convention to separate the work of one artist from the next. The editor chose instead to undertake an "editorial improvisation" with the source material at hand, and make from it an audio collage, as the title of the tape indicates. Audio Collage features works by previous PhonoStatic contributors, including Tim Risher; the then-fledgling Tape-beatles; the prolific, and decidedly low-tech, X.Y. Zedd (a.k.a. Scott Paul Elledge); saxophreak Barry Edgar Pilcher (excerpts from his long-form "Mail Art Love Express" appearing dispersed throughout), and the mysterious 9digit Zip. Visual and verbal artist contributors, doubling here as audio artist contributors, include Wisconsin’s Floating Concrete Orchestra (Miekal And, Liz Was, and others), John Kennedy a.k.a. Berndt, word artist Jake Berry, and the Scraptacular Chris Winkler. Significant contributions are also made by the Mystery Tape Laboratories of Toronto, the Bordelais group Ensemble Vide, the Post-Void Radio Theatre from Minneapolis, and others, creating an international line up of audio artists working in extremely varied ways. Nonetheless, the collection forms a very listenable and cohesive whole.
Contributors include. Barry Edgar Pilcher, G. X. Jupitter-Larsen, Son of Spam, Paragate, Bill Shores, X Y Zedd, John Kennedy, Mechanical Sterility, The Tape-beatles, Mystery Laboratories, JosÃ© Vanden Broucke, L’AbbÃ© Martine Arbiste, Chris Winkler, Floating Concrete Orchestra, The Post-Void Radio Theater, Bill McMahon, 9digit Zip, Ensemble Vide, Jake Berry.
Project Overview: The Photostatic Retrograde Archive serves as an electronic repository for a complete collection of PhotoStatic Magazine, PhonoStatic Cassettes, Retrofuturism, and Psrf, (as well as related titles). Issues are posted as PDF files, at more or less regular intervals, in reverse chronological order to form a chronological mirror image of the original series. When the first issue, dating from 1983, is finally posted in several year’s time, then this electronic archive will be complete.
issue directory: http://psrf.detritus.net/issues.html