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 Winnipeg, Send + 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
2012 Aki Onda interview with Daniele Balit
CM at Cour Carrée, Louvre Museum, Paris, 2011 Photos by Sandrine Marc
CM in La Goutte d'Or, Paris, 2012 Photos by Sandrine Marc
CM at La chapel des Petits-Augustins, 2013 Photos by Aurélien Mole