Spliced With the MultiTrack mp3 Mixer Dada Through The Final iPod Cultural Degeneration of America (dadaPod)
Spliced With the MultiTrack mp3 Mixer Dada Through The Final iPod Cultural Degeneration of America (dadaPod), By Schuyler Maclay, 2006; A reinterpretation of Hannah Hoch's Schnitt mit dem kuchenmesser dada durch die letzte weimarer bierbauchkulturepoche deutschlands (Cut with the Kitchen Knife Dada through the Last Weimar Beer-Belly Cultural Epoch of Germany)
My primary motivation was to flesh out the meaning of a cut-and-paste aesthetic as it applies to a digital world. Where my Dadaist inspirations used scissors and newsprint, I used (ctrl+x) and the Blogosphere. Where Hoch used photographs, I used mp3's ripped from the iTunes top 10.
The medium is audio information, text, and an iPod. My sources are the top ten blogs, (according to Technorati.com) as well as the most recent "Most Downloaded" songs and podcasts on iTunes. Random clips and headlines from GoogleNews, YouTube, and CNN.com were copied as shamelessly and with as much disregard for the source as the 30 second iTunes free samples which I ripped. This nearly random assortment of text, soundbites and popular music was then assembled together into short mp3 tracks, while the words where spliced together to form freeflowing Title, Artist, and Album Tags.
While some meaning may be discernable, certainly none in particular was intended, other than to capture the chaos of our information loaded and multimedia consuming culture. In mixing the mp3s, composition in any sort of musical sense was deliberately ignored. Soundbytes where moved and cut, inverted and altered largely at random or with little concern for their effect on the overall piece. An effort was made to keep the audio listenable, if only barely. The orgy of headlines and aural overstimulation is largely left to speak for itself.