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field recordings 1988 – Japan + Ars Electronica, Austria

In 1988 I travelled overseas for the first time, taking my Marantz PMD430 stereo cassette recorder, a pair of lapel mics and boxes of TDK SA-42 cassette tapes to make field recordings. I liked the SA-42 tapes because they provided 20 minutes per side and my preference has always been to make uninterrupted 20 minute recordings.

This episode begins with excerpts from a few of the tapes I made in Japan and ends with the complete recording of a walkthrough some of the electronic media art installations staged at the 1988 Ars Electronica Festival in Linz, Austria. One of these installations was Solar Music Hothouse by Fluxus artist Joe Jones.

Links below to video 8 documentation I did at Ars Electronica 1988:

Solar Music Hothouse

Michael Bielicky – Weather Building

track list – all recordings September 1988

02:20 field recording – Asia Centre of Japan, Minato-ku, Tokyo.

09:15 Hakone-Tozan railway descending from Hakone Open Air Museum to Odawara, Japan.

18:15 weekend bands playing along the Harajuku Hokoten on Omatesando Dori, Yoyogi Park, Tokyo.

32:15 walking through the electronic media art installations of 1988 Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria. [Joe jones Solar Music Hothouse 41:00-43:00]