"there is nothing less rhythmic than a military march"

this short line written by deleuze and guattari in 1837: of the refrain was the leitmotif for this performance which focused on how military technology informed the work of post-wwii avant-garde composers. it was developed as movement within a threefold structure: 1) the military origin of sound media such as radio or magnetic tape; 2) avant-garde music as the misuse of military equipment—in relation to kittler's remarks about radio ; 3) marching bands as the mobilization of a military sonic assemblage. 

the improvisation was developed on two contrasting layers: mixing multiple excerpts from solo brass compositions by composers like berio, henze, kagel, globokar, lewis and many others—sometimes up to 21 at a time; as well as assemblages of samples of technological misuse, failure, imperfections, distortion such as short-wave noise, electromagnetic interference, tape hiss, vinyl crackle and scratch, reel-to-reel feedback, hacked electronics and more. 


these two, two minute video excerpts of the performance document some of the structures explored across its thirty minute duration. 

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