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Graham Holliday

drawn to… A Piece for Tape Recorder – Vladimir Ussachevsky

A Piece for Tape Recorder is an amazing piece of music. It was recorded in 1956 and it still sounds like a transmission from the future. To make it, Vladimir Ussachevsky used “a gong, a piano, a single stroke on a cymbal, a single note on a kettledrum, the noise of a jet plane, a few chords on an organ” and “four pure tones, produced on an oscillator, a tremolo produced by the stabilized reverberation of a click from a switch on a tape recorder”.

This if the fifth in my drawn to… series and to draw to… A Piece for Tape Recorder by Vladimir Ussachevsky, I used primitive kit while listening over and over to the 5:36 track: a Marco 9001 sharpened pencil, sharpener, shavings, a Steadler Pigment liner 0.05, and a bit of rubbing and scratching on 10cm X 10cm 250g acid-free Clairefontaine paper.

To learn more about Vladimir Ussachevsky’s music, visit the Cycles and Bells blog.