FAQ

shown as part of c/o pop convention at ihk köln by 686 gallery, 30.–31.08.2018

What is your favorite Sound? What are your favorite songs? What song is stuck in your head today? Where did you first hear it?

Music shapes identity, the sense of belonging and distinction. Everyone has something to say about music, although these ‘somethings’ can vary a lot depending on a persons (sub-)cultural affiliation or level of expertise. One can never know all about music: The more one knows, the more questions arise.

We all have a lot of different authorities to answer our questions: parents, teachers, friends, pop stars, TV show hosts, bartenders, etc. The internet is flattening the differences between the asking and the answering entity. We ask the internet, the internet asks us – we ask each other. Thousands of questions remain unanswered on the servers of popular question-and-answer websites. But even if they lack an explicit answer, they tell a lot about the person asking.

What does jazz sound like? What are the dates of the Baroque periods?

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What are the 3 notes to the major chord?

FAQ picks 1000 randomly chosen questions on the topic of music from the internet and outputs them one by one. This process is repeated over and over again. On four headphones different sound pieces are played, also repeatedly. They deal with different ways and formats of answering. The third part of the installation is a text-file containing 121394 questions on music from the internet in alphabetical order, which can be downloaded to a smartphone or laptop.

What is Lady Gaga’s favourite city? Did the composer Miles Davis played electric violin?

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When or is Justin Bieber coming to Finland?

/121394 questions

2018

ANTHEM

online-piece with live generated synthesizer melody, audio-/videoloop, text
performance andreas fischer

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the key element of the piece ANTHEM is a live-generated synthesizer melody. its tones are triggered by new followers of donald trump on twitter: with each new follower – meaning: with every increasement of the number of his follower relative to the previous value – a tone of the american national anthem is played. if the number decreases and increases again, tones are repeated. if the number increases very fast, tones are skipped. as a result, the melody becomes fragmentary.

this is accompanied by an audio-/videoloop, consisting of a performance with a tie by andreas fischer, as well as images of the first us-american nuclear test „trinity“ and sounds of an anti-trump demonstration in portland, oregon.

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__with every tone you hear, donald trump has a new follower on twitter. and every time donald trump has a new follower on twitter, you hear a tone.

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the online version does no longer work, because twitter enhanced data security. please view the video version instead!

2017