[ _last updated: september, 2013_ ]
Welcome to the 'Found Tapes Exhibition' (in Dutch : the 'Voddebandjes Tenhoorstelling').
Since 2002 I have been collecting the bits, knots and clods of thrown away cassette tape that ever so often could be seen lying or hanging around in the streets, parks, fields. Whenever I come across a bit of 'trashed audiotape', I jot down the place and time, on a piece of paper or digitally, on my cellphone. Usually I also take a picture. I then pick up it up, put it in a plastic grocery bag or whatever else I happen to have handy, and carry it back home.
Regularly I mount my finds back onto a cassette, to listen
to them. You can find a detailed description of the 'restoration technique'
that I use in the SoundBlog entry entitled Prof.
The Exhibition is organized in series of
five (on the average, but there are exceptions), each of which is called an
'acquisition', and is exposed on its own dedicated web page.
From each of the parts of such a series I select one, or more, fragments, which I then assemble (first I did this in ProTools, but currently I'm using the very basic one-track audio editor Sound Studio), again in chronological order, and create a 128kbps 44.1 kHz stereo mp3-file of the 'montage'.
The Exhibition archives the bits of found tape that I have
treated in this manner, and lists them in descending chronological order of
finding, together with the date and place of finding, as well as scans, photographs
and a description of what's on it ... as precise as I can.
[ Satellite pictures and street views of find-spots courtesy Google Maps. All other pictures and photographs are part of the project; please do not use them without permission and reference to their origin. ]
The collection can also be visited via a Google Maps interface, which includes the possibility to listen to a fragment of the audio recovered from each find.
You can read more about specific finds and procedures in several entries on this subject in the SoundBlog. Direct links to entries related to specific exhibits are given on the corresponding pages.
You can listen to all the montages, played back as a 24/7 random collage, on the Found Tapes audio stream. Alternatively, each montage is available for download from its own dedicated page ...
Though none as longrunning as this online Exhibition, over the years I did come across a number of related projects and works; you can find links, whenever available, in the 'found tapes links' section, and more detailed information in several SoundBlog entries.
On special occassions some of the found tapes montages are available as in a limited edition, specially packaged and mastered on cassette. These 'Found In ..." cassette editions are for sale in the Found Tapes Exhibition's online store ... If you'd like to support the project, please do consider adopting one of the acquisitions.
Thank you for visiting...
Harold Schellinx, 2002-2013
found tape index
FT120.707 - 710
FT60.336 - 332
_A Siren Song of Decaying Media_
"Harold Schellinx' Found Tapes project is emblematic for the best pieces of art in the SHIFT galleries, mining beneath the surface of simple visual appeal to conjure richly suggestive narratives." - The Wire (february 2011)
Click the picture to the left to view and download your own copy of the highly collectable Found Tapes Picozine ... (november 2008)
found tape links
- Visit the
Found Tapes Exhibition's online store