Contemporary Archives will feature musical artists making use of media in digital archives like YouTube and Archive.org as source material for the creation of new work. Performers for this concert include Mux Mool (Ghostly International), Jacob 2-2 (Moodgadget) and Spaceship Aloha (Data Garden). Augmented projections, some of which will include images from the FHS’s collection of 19th century documentary photography will accompany these performances.
Data Garden will explore the relationship between historical artifacts, sound and technology by creating an electro-mechanical polyphonic tape loop instrument that controls audio related to objects in the Frankford Historical Society Museum.
Artists will assemble sounds sampled from or inspired by eight items in the museum’s collection including wax cylinders, bells, rattles, taxidermied birds and more. This audio will be transferred to looped cassette tapes and placed into players adjacent to the artifacts that inspired their production. Museum goers will be invited to play these tapes like an organ from a control surface in the center of the collection. Through the course of the 5+ weeks of this installation the sounds will begin to degrade bringing attention to the analog tapes themselves as artifacts of media technology.
Purchasing advanced tickets is advised. Admission is $30 at the door.