Jamie Lawson
10 February 2018

Jamie Lawson is a PhD candidate in Sonic Arts and Electroacoustic Music at the University of Aberdeen. Jamie’s research interests include soundscape composition, field recording, sound archiving, creative coding (Max/MSP), and automated compositional practices.


Performance Notes – Tape Jams

As a sonic intervention, Tape Jam aims to foreground the listening experiences of participants by inviting them to navigate Aberdeen’s sonic environment using portable recording and listening technologies. In an attempt to make explicit the distinction between passively hearing and and a more active listening, Tape Jam employs a tape recorder and headphones as a tactile means to cue beginnings and ends of listening focus. Through holding the tape recorder, placing on headphones and pressing play the listening experience becomes more attentive. Over the course of the festival participants are invited to leave behind traces of their personal impressions of space by employing the ‘record’ function a random intervals of the tape. The impressions left behind from each user’s participation will be continuously added and overwritten to produce audible sutures that trace and map past and present listening perspectives. These sonic impressions will be presented via loudspeaker at Belmont Cafe, where participants can “perform” the collective listening memories of past users. Tape Jams re-tools the portable tape recorder from a documentary device toward a generator of sound and experience which provokes reflection upon listening practices.