Month: October, 2014

some more links…

a database for MANY cassettes made before

a place where analog people gather together

Audio Cassette Cover Templates

official archive of the performance of codenamehk: man of a crowd

Virtuosic Electronica
By Samson Young

How does one listen to one’s native language as shapes – that is to say, to consciously mask the meaning of language, so as to hear utterances not as words that convey meaning but as discrete sonic objects? Artistic experiments in the last several decades – including musique concrete works that sought to reconfigure recordings of speech, decades of exploration in sound poems, and extended vocal compositions including Berio’s epic Sequenza for voice – have demonstrated that acousmatic listening is indeed entirely probable. That acknowledged, whenever speech is used in a sound work there are often moments of slippage when I find myself succumbing to the desire to ascribe meanings, even if I’d been signaled not to, and even if it is in a language that I am not familiar with. So the more interesting question for me is always this: what are the sets of conditions that make acousmatic listening easier?

Bjorn Ho began his set at the last edition of Sonic Anchor with a field recording of the Shum Shui Po area. The soundscape, the conversations and the cacophony of irregular rhythm were soon overwhelmed by a rather more regular and melodious groove, consisted mostly of metallic sounds that for me occupied an entirely different sonic space. I found myself first growing impatient with the distance that these materials consistently maintained. As my mind wandered, I occupied myself with eavesdropping on the conversations. But then out of nowhere, a violin track that functioned like a musical quotation is thrown into the mix. For a brief magical moment, the awkward disjointedness was rationalized, aestheticized, and given form. From that point on I found myself listening cinematically, as if to the sound track of a wonderfully non-sensical movie. A minimal electro-dance groove closed out his set, conjuring the image of a chase scene at the Apliu Street that ended abruptly. I didn’t feel like I was always in good hand – but it was most certainly a fun ride.

3d model of the cassette tape

FWD: No Input Mixing Tutorial

codenamehk: Oceania




this is a collaboration between me & VV, while i’m doing a scratching track, she’s doing a visual projection at the same time. the video is not yet posted on the internet since i have no idea whether the performance is suitable to be shown.
my scratching is based on one LP only which is, the national anthem of the People’s Republic of China.

and the performance date is 30th September 2014, one day before the national day of PRC, and two days after the tear gas @ Hong Kong. for more information of the umbrella revolution, plz refer to

codenamehk: man of a crowd

codenamehk: man of a crowd from bjorn HO on Vimeo.

sth more abt making a cassette loop×1/041-cassette-loop/