Music By The Metre


In this ongoing project I create abstract music using automated machines. The output is a series of recordings, a live set and a performance installation.

Giuseppe Pinot-Gallizio was a founding member of the Situationist International, and created Industrial Painting, or artworks created by machines which would automatically create abstract expressionist paintings on large rolls of paper. Music By The Metre is an homage to the techniques and ideas of Pinot-Gallizio.

The recordings were made using looping record players, synth drone, live environmental sound and tape loops; sounds that would play continuously once started. The results were recorded to whole spools of tape, edits from which form the recordings. An example can be heard here:



The live set consists of bass-heavy drone and rhythm, made with the same input sources but mixed live giving more dynamic changes. A recording of a live performance can be heard here:

The performance installation is a temporary market stall set up to sell metres of tape either singly or in multiples, literally music by the metre.  This video explains the process of making a recording and the stall itself.