Stephen Cornford

  it pays my way and it corrodes my soul (2011-12)   


A collaboration with Paul Whitty.

A performance work which seeks out musical material by physically dismembering playback equipment. A reel-to-reel tape recorder is switched on and it's mechanism amplified with a variety of microphones while it is taken to pieces. The sounds produced are then fed through an array of pedals: the machine's belts, gears, switches and casing becoming an instrument subjected to a live audio autopsy. The piece was premiered at the Audiograft Festival at Modern Art Oxford in February 2011 and has since been performed at The Horse Hospital, London and LEAP, Berlin.