Audio Arts Magazine – Vol 9 Number 3

Audio Arts Magazine - Vol 9 Number 3 cassette front cover
Audio Arts Magazine - Vol 9 Number 3 cassette cover spread
Audio Arts Magazine - Vol 9 Number 3 cassette side A

WF with Richard Hamilton, Venice Biennale, 1993This issue of Audio Arts cassette magazine features a variety of interviews with curators, art dealers or artists recorded in Venice during the 1988 Biennale. While the cassette exclusively collects interviews and conversations – there’s a nuance: compare #2 and #15, for instance–, it clearly shows William Furlong‘s approach to sound and mise-en-scène of speech. Each interview has its specific sound environment, and background noises are purposefully included to complete the picture. Furlong’s habit was to record his interviews outdoor or amid the visitors of an exhibition, and such is the case here (pictured right: WF interviewing Richard Hamilton, Venice Biennale, 1993). Each track also includes various ambience noises like PA announcement, art crowd chatting, sound installations, etc. For Furlong, this strategy allowed him to “gain access to spontaneous opinion, analysis and commentary”, to the extent where “the discussion becomes part of the event.” (from Audio Arts: Discourse and Practice in Contemporary Art, p.80, Academy Editions, UK, 1994).

The Venice Biennale 1988 edition was the 43rd Art Exhibition of its kind. It was subtitled Il Luogo Degli Artisti (or The place of artists), and directed by Neapolitan art critic Giovanni Carandente. At the time, around 30 countries had their own building, or pavilion, inside the Giardini gardens, and 1988 saw the launch of Australia’s pavilion. Less fortunate countries still had access to the  themed, group exhibition curated by the Biennale’s director. The awards went to Jasper Johns, Barbara Bloom, Tony Cragg and Enzo Cucchi, as well as the best pavilion prize to Italia.

01 Speaker Annoucement (:57)
02 William Furlong & Michael Acher (6:00)
03 Ray Hugues interview (6:40)
04 Maureen O. Paley interview (6:15)
05 William Furlong & Michael Acher (8:27)
06 Sandy Nairne interview (3:47)
07 Russian Pavillion ( 2:51)
08 Keiju Uematsu interview (2:02)
09 Tony Cragg interview (18:19)
10 Nicholas Logsdail interview (5:24)
11 Richard Cork interview (9:14)
12 Prize Award Ceremony (1:19)
13 Henry Meyric Hughes interview (3:36)
14 Andrew Nairne interview (1:09)
15 Maurizio Nannucci interview (2:27)
16 Visitors and Local Ambience (4:36)

Total time 83:00
Cassette released by Audio Arts, UK, 1988


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6 Responses to “Audio Arts Magazine – Vol 9 Number 3”

  1. 1 Exeter December 9, 2011 at 3:22 am

    Thanks for all your hard work on this blog!
    It is appreciated!

  2. 2 continuo December 9, 2011 at 5:58 am


  3. 3 Andy Yue December 10, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    hey Continuo,

    thanks for the previous AA issue. as a Hugh Davies fan it was great to hear the duet with Toop. I’m wondering if you would consider upping the Frank Garvey lps. tbe Sanity Muffins blog seems to not be active anymore as are the links and I saw your comment there.

    all the best!

  4. 4 continuo December 10, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    Hi, Andy. I only got Garvey’s Labyrinth LP from Sanity Muffins.
    I re-uploaded it here.
    Thanks for your comment.

  5. 5 ushaped December 12, 2011 at 12:49 am

    Thanks! Pity, the description of Omnicircus sounds very interesting.

    All the best!

  6. 6 continuo December 12, 2011 at 8:54 am

    Frank Garvey’s Omnicircus website lists several CDs and DVDs.

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