Analog Tape Glove

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Analog Tape Glove

This fantastic Analog Tape Glove installation from makers SignaltoNoise really blurs the line between performance and art. I’m curious to know if there’s a Laurie Anderson sample in there somewhere. [via Core77]

14 thoughts on “Analog Tape Glove

    1. wireandwax says:

      I dont remember seeing a glove or a similar tape surface in Paiks “Random Access Music”…?

      1. Zwolle says:

        There’s no difference between holding the tape heads in your hands or having them glued to your fingertips. For the surface… it’s just more dense. There is no other idea behind this whole thing, it’s just a “Random Access” of much more tape. It’s totally the same!

        Tape on a wall and tape heads in your hands.

        1. wireandwax says:

          Im not disputing the fundamental similarities, but there seems to be a distinct evolution and variation in the introduction of the glove. I like the way “Soundblog” explains this (…

          “Signal to Noise: a neatly executed variation on the idea of playing back stretches of analog tape by means of a hand-held tape head. Here on the blog, a couple of years ago, we met Colin Ponthot’s Happy Monster Tape. And somewhat later, in Berlin, Ben Roberts, who is a specialist in hand-held magnetic media reading techniques, that, as far as I can tell, found their earliest application in Nam June Paik’s Random Access Music from 1963. For Signal to Noise the makers fitted tape-heads into the fingertips of a glove, which is a nice and subtle twist. When holding a smallish tape head between two of your fingertips you are pinching, which is a closing movement. Sliding on a glove, with tape heads in the tips, however, will incite you to open up your hand. As a consequence, the approach and playing of the taped surface will feel – and be – far more physical than in the case you would approach it with a ‘tape head pinched between fingers’ reader. The open hand makes the interaction very tactile.”

          1. Zwolle says:

            I just saw Paik’s idea in all that.
            But that’s a pretty good point, to be fair.

  1. mrmeval says:

    For such an ugly sound.

  2. Oliver Wilshen says:

    We’ve just finished developing the first version of the wireless Analogue Tape Glove that features in our installation ‘Sonophore’. You can view it on our website at or our blog at….Thanks!

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