Cutting Loop

1993, low tech multi media installation, Joachim Stein, Jean Marc Broyer
cutting loop (installation)

cutting loop (installation)

cutting loop (installation)

cutting loop (installation)

A taperecorder plays a tape that forms a loop and is pulled through a block of ‘pierre de bourgogne’ of approximatly the same size as the taperecorder. One of the two tracks of the stereo tape is a recording of the stone’s sound when it was cut, recorded with a special contact microphone. The second track is a recording of the saw’s enigine. The engine’s sound is heard from a visible speaker in the sockle, on which the taperecorder is placed, the sound of the stone is heard from a speaker in the stone’s sockle. Both sounds are by their nature repetative. The length of the tape and therefor the distance between the tape recorder and the stone, are calculated, so that both noises are looped n times and no cut can be heard.

The installation worked without technical problems for six weeks in may and june 93.