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Breton Cassette // THE NEED TO TELL YOU (ARECIBO REVISITED) TAPE

Breton Cassette // THE NEED TO TELL YOU (ARECIBO REVISITED) TAPE

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A work in which the first communication "Arecibo Message" (binary) from the earth, which was sent to space in 1974 and contains information on humankind and the environment, was translated into a sixteenth note chromatic scale and played on a piano.It's more self-reflective than outreach, and rather than an answer someday, we're the need for human communication, even to recipients who don't know who they are. It expresses the desire to convey.

The following sound piece contains a binary radio message, translated into a sixteen note chromatic scale and performed on a piano.
The message is an updated version of the so-called Arecibo Message, a radio signal sent into deep space in 1974, being the first interstellar transmission from Earth containing information about humanity and our environments. Although adventurous in spirit, the message is arguably more self -reflective than outreaching. More than the prospect of someday receiving an answer in return, it expresses the human need to communicate --the need to tell even to an unidentified receiver about who we are. The message thus reflects as much how we perceive ourselves, as how we would like to be perceived by the outer-worldly other.
The updated message addresses key issues in the original by including information largely left out that one might argue to be fundamental to the human condition on Earth. These include companion species, the process of evolution, human subjectivity and selected emotions, the ecological and atmospheric effects of climate change, our efforts to become a multi-planetary species by colonizing Mars, and so on.
It also reveals a fundamental linguistic problem. How can we really say or tell anything at all? Inherent in the message and the need to tell it lies a benign anthropocentric arrogance connected to our belief of making ourselves understood by using a specific and thus limited language system. Are there alternatives? Can sound function better as a Universal language?

Performed by Eirin Øgård Kinn
Recorded at Skarmyra Allaktivitetshus Moss --October 13th 2019
Mastered by Adam Badí Donoval
 

artist: Breton Cassette

label: Breton Cassette

 

A work in which the first communication "Arecibo Message" (binary) from the earth, which was sent to space in 1974 and contains information on humankind and the environment, was translated into a sixteenth note chromatic scale and played on a piano.It's more self-reflective than outreach, and rather than an answer someday, we're the need for human communication, even to recipients who don't know who they are. It expresses the desire to convey.

The following sound piece contains a binary radio message, translated into a sixteen note chromatic scale and performed on a piano.
The message is an updated version of the so-called Arecibo Message, a radio signal sent into deep space in 1974, being the first interstellar transmission from Earth containing information about humanity and our environments. Although adventurous in spirit, the message is arguably more self -reflective than outreaching. More than the prospect of someday receiving an answer in return, it expresses the human need to communicate --the need to tell even to an unidentified receiver about who we are. The message thus reflects as much how we perceive ourselves, as how we would like to be perceived by the outer-worldly other.
The updated message addresses key issues in the original by including information largely left out that one might argue to be fundamental to the human condition on Earth. These include companion species, the process of evolution, human subjectivity and selected emotions, the ecological and atmospheric effects of climate change, our efforts to become a multi-planetary species by colonizing Mars, and so on.
It also reveals a fundamental linguistic problem. How can we really say or tell anything at all? Inherent in the message and the need to tell it lies a benign anthropocentric arrogance connected to our belief of making ourselves understood by using a specific and thus limited language system. Are there alternatives? Can sound function better as a Universal language?

Performed by Eirin Øgård Kinn
Recorded at Skarmyra Allaktivitetshus Moss --October 13th 2019
Mastered by Adam Badí Donoval
 

artist: Breton Cassette

label: Breton Cassette