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NEMO 023
year: 2007

project coordinator:norelpref
mastering: norelpref
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The project: Creating audio (musical / spoken word,combination, etc) using "spam" (or "unsolicited electronic mail") email text as lyrical or thematic content.

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What began as a simple administrative announcement on a Yahoo Group has become a CT-Collective Project. A person, virtual or real or both, by the name of “Teisha” started spamming the group with clearly “off-topic” posts. Users complained, and the moderator of the group took action. He sent an email to all stating that “Teisha is now banned.” Then someone suggested (I don’t know whether seriously or not) that “Teisha is now banned” sounded like a good name for a CT-Collective project. A few others, including myself, chimed in and after some exchanges, the project was created, and later formalized. The guidelines were simple: create a piece of audio using “spam” content as main thematic material.


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I originally planned a musical rendition of Gogol’s “Dead Souls,” only using spam names as my fictional serfs, or “Spam Souls.” I recorded names of spam senders for a while and then read them all off as fast as I could. I incorporated that within a jumbled tapestry or voices and noises. The title “I Be Circuitous” was actually a subject from a spam email I received. I knew immediately it would be the title of my track….
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comment 06.12.2007: Peter Gambles
  Oh yes. A good rhythm is trying to get established, but the voices in the background keep on getting in the way, forcing it to change. The voices, the voices, oh god, why wont they shut up. I cant concentrate. Its just non-stop, and I cant get passed this point  truly, I be circuitous. A really inventive piece, though I did wonder if it would have been even better a minute or so shorter. But maybe thats just my attention spam.


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