Two performers each take a roll of tape and simultaneously wrap it around both of their bodies. They pause to catch their breath, then try to break free from the tape. The title Tape Piece evokes 20th Century avant-garde electronic music produced using magnetic audio tape. But this performance playfully recasts those complex rhythms and sounds using entirely physical means, as two performers use ordinary household tape to create an ever-changing choreographic musical work that fully integrates movement and sound. Their dance creates purely acoustic sounds that are beautiful and compelling, yet could quite easily be replicated by the audience at home, encouraging mindfulness of everyday beauty in the listener.
“Tape Piece achieved something meaningful for both ears and eyes as these two composers rolled around the floor, ripping sellotape off each other’s (clothed) bodies. The falsetto squeals of the sellotape launched fragmentary melodies into the air. The piece was witty and fun.” – Philip Clark, Frieze
“The unusual composition method left the audience stunned, giving each sound its own life and soul, a gripping physicality and energy.” – Nonclassical
Tape Piece has been performed around the world, from Florida, Arizona, Ohio and California in the United States, to London, Dublin, Paris, Bruges and Berlin in Europe. It has been performed by leading contemporary music ensembles of the new generation such as soundinitiative, On Structure, Mocrep, Bastard Assignments, Kirkos, and An Assembly. This limited-edition cassette release was recorded directly onto magnetic tape and duplicated using analogue reproduction techniques, completely bypassing digital technology.
Maya Verlaak is a Belgian composer-performer whose artistic process focuses on critique as a necessary catalyst for realising new work, an investigative compositional outlook in which nothing is taken for granted. Andy Ingamells is an interdisciplinary artist who develops unusual methods of composition that blur the line between composer and performer, presenting a musical practice that does not privilege the sounding result, but sees it as one amongst many different and equal possibilities.
PREORDER CASSETTE | PRICE £8.99
1 Tape Piece - Movement 1: Poundland masking tape
2 Tape Piece - Movement 2: Poundland clear tape
3 Tape Piece - Movement 3: Poundland gaffer tape
4 Tape Piece - Movement 1: BNM masking tape
5 Tape Piece - Movement 2: WHSmith clear tape
6 Tape Piece - Movement 3: WHSmith gaffer tape
7 Tape Piece - Movement 1: Poundland masking tape
8 Tape Piece - Movement 2: WHSmith clear tape
9 Tape Piece - Movement 3: Poundland gaffer tape
10 Tape Piece - Movement 1: EuroGiant masking tape
11 Tape Piece - Movement 2: Poundland clear tape
12 Tape Piece - Movement 3: Icon Craft gaffer tape
Artist: Maya Verlaak tape | Andy Ingamells tape
Cat # BRC009
Release date: 23 October 2020