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‘The Search Begins’ 1981 – recorded on a Tascam 144 Portastudio

PURE AUDIO AND VISUAL MAYHEM!

Published on 28 Sep 2016

The good ol’ days of home recording in anolog . 4 track recording with early VHS video. It is meant to look like this and the intro is meant to be pure audio and visual noise!!!!

From Garry Smout‘s Facebook Page

Peter Bright (AKA This Window) recorded the music on a Tascam 4 track cassette in 1981 and I crash edited the video between two VHS machines and a titler around 1982 or 83. Early home recording all round! It ‘won’ me three silk handkerchiefs at the Tokyo Film Festival (they even sent the VHS back!) and totally baffled the BBC on how it was made. Which was odd as it was the early intro to the BBC’s Doctor Who that is the inspiration! And yes, that is Gene Kelly at the beginning but the fine, thin figure with the long ponytail (OK, mullet) is me running in my Bristol living room. Blistering track from Peter and yes, it is meant to look like that. Only 2016 addition is a credit/copyright at the end and I sharpened the image a little.

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Old This Window Track available for download via #bandcamp

This Window track:

16. This Window (UK) — T. Heartbeat 34

 

Here is a cassette album we appeared on in 1990, now available as a download.

https://corrosivetapes.bandcamp.com/album/heart-beat-series

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Music and art

There is a brief retrospective interview looking back at the early days and the origins of ‘This Window’ in the November 2009 issue of ‘The Living Archive of Underground Music’.

“I think my first exposure to Peter Bright’s This Window project came with this tape on the IRRE label from Germany. Peppered with experimentalism and a sense of wander and wonder” Don Campau – Read more…

 

The early experiences of the audio mail art scene by Peter Bright (artist, This Window)

Published on: ‘The Living Archive of Underground Music

If you sat me down and asked me what were the main reasons for getting involved in this emotionally draining and sometimes very unrewarding ARTFORM called ‘home taping’, then I would say two things:
  • In the early 1970’s when I was about 13 or 14 years old I loved ‘Motown’ and ‘Led Zeppelin’ (my music tastes were very eclectic). In the UK there was a TV show called ‘Top of the Pops’, which shaped the adolescent pop culture.  The stars appeared on a Thursday night and lip-synched to their hits. Then one night (1972) a band called ‘Roxy Music’ appeared and turned the whole thing on its head. I can still see the performance in my mind’s eye. I had suddenly been exposed to ‘Art School Rock’. They were remarkably radical, different musically and visually.
  • Around the same time (1973) an album was released on ‘Virgin Records’ called ‘The Faust Tapes’.  This was a marketing experiment which had a retail price of 49 pence (UK) – so lots of people bought it and a lot of people threw it into the trash. The German band Faust were without a record deal and their producer Uwe Nettlebeck gave these tapes to Virgin for free. These apparently thrown together bits of tape noises, sounds, songs etc. were all mangled together – well, that is what most people thought.  In reality it was an exceptionally well crafted piece of work and was the inspiration for my EEtapes release ‘Extraction’ in 1989.
These two things combined with going to Art School eventually got me involved in experimenting with recorded sound. The first machines I used were a Phillips reel to reel and a budget priced cassette recorder.

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Biography

International Union of Mail-Artists – IUOMA

Mail-Artist since:
1986
My Website:
http://www.thiswindow.org
Why I am involved in Mail-Art:

Was involved in the cassette / music side of mailart in the 1980’s /90’s. The whole idea of a network of artists connected by the postal system appealed to me and was an antidote to the stranglehold the ‘Art / Music’ establishment had over my creativity.

I have always considered mailart to be one of the major unsung heroes of Art History and every effort should be made to raise its profile.

Here are a few network related things I have done this millennium. http://www.thiswindow.org/Mail_Art/?cat=3

From profile page on: International Union of Mail-Artists – IUOMA