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Ken Hollings - Works For Magnetic Tape

Ken Hollings

Works For Magnetic Tape

The Tapeworm

Released: TBC | 3 track ambient album

Ken Hollings is a writer based in London. He is the author of the books Destroy All Monsters (Marion Boyars), Welcome to Mars and The Bright Labyrinth (both available from Strange Attractor Press); and his work has appeared in numerous journals, catalogues and anthologies. He has written and presented critically acclaimed programmes for BBC Radio 3, Radio 4, and Resonance 104.4 FM. He has presented work at the Royal Institution, Tate Britain, Wellcome Institute, the Berlin Akademie der Künste and the Venice Biennale.

The three tracks that make up his Works for Magnetic Tape audiocassette release reflect his interest in how written text differs from spoken word. What makes them so distinct from each other – and what happens when one is translated into the other?

The text for There Must Be Something Wrong With This, Sally first appeared in volume 19 issue 4 of the Leonardo Electronic Almanac. This version features electronic backgrounds and interludes by Mark O. Pilkington. Ideas Are One Thing, And What Happens Is Another was commissioned in 2012 to celebrate the centenary of John Cage's birth. It contains personal memories of Hollings' time with Cage, its title being a line from one of his early lectures. Graham Massey of 808 State supplied the backgrounds for this reading as well producing and editing the final mix. The readings for both of these tracks were recorded by Simon James of the Simonsound at the old BBC radio studios in Brighton. Parasitic Infestation was written as an introduction to The Art of Worms, documenting the cover art for The Tapeworm's first twenty-five audiocassette releases. The book was launched at a special event Worm Eats Bear in 2011 at the Bear Pit in London, where this reading of his essay was recorded live.