Cassette Memories 


Cassette Memories (2004 - on going) 
site-specific performance with cassette field recordings

Since 1988, I have been using the cassette Walkman for making field recordings which I keep as a sound diary. I consider these recordings to be personal memories, and not just sounds. I stage a performance by physically manipulating Walkmans by hand, re-collecting and re-constructing concrete sounds. What emerges from my sound memories is a sonic collage of ritualistic tape music.

I call this project "Cassette Memories." By documenting fragments of sound from my personal life, something is revealed in the accumulation. The meanings of the original events are stripped of their significance, exposing the essence of memory.

I realize "Cassette Memories" as a site-specific performance. I have found from past experience that my music is the strongest when I perform in a space which has its own memories--at a historic building, abandoned factory, old theater, even a street corner. It's a strange ritual. I am trying to both extract and abstract the essence of memory by playing my own field recordings, so to speak my personal memories, at a location that is saturated with its own memories. The result is invisible but one can feel live memories awaking sleeping memories.

2018    CM in Sokolowsko, Festival Sanatorium Dzwieku, Sokolowsko, Poland
2013    CM at La chapel des Petits-Augustins, Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France
2012    CM in La Goutte d'Or, Paris, France
2011    CM at Cour Carrée, Louvre Museum, Paris, France
2009    CM in Ghent, Courtisane Festival, Ghent, Belgium
2006    CM in Erlangen, Erlanger Hoerkunstfestival, Erlangen, Germany
            CM at The Kitchen, The Kitchen, New York, U.S.A.
2005    CM in WinnipegSend + Receive, Winnipeg, Canada 
            CM at Osaka Harbour Red Brick Warehouse, Osaka, Japan
            CM at Scheidgen Architektur Pavillion, Cologne, Germany
2004    CM in Brussels in Argos Festival, Brussels, Belgium

   Aki Onda interview with Daniele Balit      

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CM at Cour Carrée, Louvre Museum, Paris, 2011  Photos by Sandrine Marc 

CM in Sokolowsko, 2018  Photos by Kazimierz Ździebło

CM in La Goutte d'Or, Paris, 2012  Photos by Sandrine Marc

CM at La chapel des Petits-Augustins, 2013  Photos by Aurélien Mole