__________ is a blank cassette compilation. (Volume 1 in the series)
The 10 artists were asked to submit an audio piece, with a duration of no more than 4 minutes, utilising blank tapes as the sole sound source. The pieces were then combined, top-to-tail, exquisite corpse style, to create a gestalt, resulting in the two distinct side long pieces presented here.
The artists were also asked to submit a 'blank' image, leaving the interpretation of which up to them. These images were then incorporated into the 5 double-sided panels serving as the art accompanying the tape.
"Nothing has an unlikely quality. It is heavy."
"Blankness. Oblivion. Nothingness. Pure, undiluted primeval nothingness. Finally, after aeons of nothingness, millennia of chaos, a voice:
We have torn it down, said the voice, now we begin to create"
"The silences are searing. The absence of the usual motifs means you have to pay attention to the nothingness, which creates its own all-consuming noise. Some pieces are just tape hiss, others are glitchy drones, others feel like a hangover, some sounds like machinery being recorded from a distance, others might be the sound of a car engine cooling down on a driveway, but all of them have a claustrophobic vibe that gets under your skin."
Nick Roseblade for Vital Weekly