Audio Bombing is an alternative form of graffiti which uses magnetic audio tape as its medium. Drawing from hip hop and graffiti culture Audio Bombing starts with a basic cassette tape. Using a tape recorder you can record any information you want on to the cassette (music, poems, philosophy, subversive literature, etc.). After recording you remove the tape and cut out the segments that you want to use. Then take your tape segments and go tag whatever you want (buildings, benches, posters, buses, etc.). Using the augmented playhead spray can you can listen to the tags by running the playhead over the tape.

Friday, February 2, 2007

Prototypes and Brainstorming

Starting this project the only resources we had consisted of a tape recorder, two tapes, and a few ideas. After sitting down and brainstorming for a while we decided we wanted to do something involving placing pieces of prerecorded tape in locations other than a tape inside a tape player.
One of these ideas involved creating an audio tour of an area, filled with information people wouldn't commonly know, such as ecological impact. Another idea was to post displaced sounds, such as the sound of a forest placed in a city, or the sounds of a busy street corner inside a library.
We finally settled on sticking with a graffiti theme, in both application and sound, tagging buildings much like graffiti artists, and utilizing subversive messages, much like many graffiti artists.
Another aspect that we latched onto was the idea of hip hop culture, and the prevalence of the mixtape, along with its association with graffiti culture, and its often subversive messages.

Once the basic idea was laid out, we picked a few audio clips we wanted to record and then all went off to come together with a more complete project.
Kyle worked on researching the technical aspects of tape recording and playback, and modifying the tape recorder to fit our purposes.
Mike and Kang both recorded the actual audio clips. They also both did some testing in the Experimental Music Studio, which Kang was able to get us access to.
Mike also did all the graphics you see on this site.

That's all for this phase of the project, all the related pictures are below.

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