America's only festival devoted to the performance of audio works projected in three-dimensional space, The San Francisco Tape Music Festival features
four distinct concerts of classic audio art and new fixed media
compositions by 30 local and international composers. Hear members of
the SF Tape Music Collective, along with guest composers, shape the
sound live over a pristine surround system (24 high-end loudspeakers)
with the audience seated in complete darkness. It's a unique opportunity to experience music forming - literally - around you.
2018 Festival's first two concerts showcase the entire range of the
“fixed media” artform; a very special Saturday late-night show presents
cinema-for-the-ear, ambient, and long-form-exploration tape pieces; and
the Sunday concert features an entire concert of “audio postcards” and
“sound walk” compositions. Throughout the festival, composers from the empreintes DIGITALes label will be highlighted.
Remembering the pioneering work of one of the fathers of musique concrète, PIERRE HENRY (1927-2017), the festival presents a performance of his seminal work, Variations for a Door and a Sigh (1963). Other tape music classics include KARLHEINZ STOCKHAUSEN'S quadraphonic Gesang der Jünglinge (1956) and JAMES TENNEY'S proto-plunderphonic composition, Collage #1 (Blue Suede) (1961).