10 Preliminary Theses on Militant Sound Investigation
Issue 5 of Artists & activists
Publisher Printed Matter, 2008
ISBN 089439035X, 9780894390357
International sound art collective Ultra-red released this document to trigger discussion both within the collective and beyond on the theory and practice of sound-based activism.
Thesis #1: The field of sound is the site and the means of the Militant Sound Investigation.
Regardless whether analogue or digital, the record gives object form to an undifferentiated field of sound. Through both magnetic particles and binary code, experience enters into the record and becomes available to be repeated and analyzed.
What initially sounded like undifferentiated registers acquires through repetition and analysis a different texture of audibility. It is as if need, demand, desire have been rendered concrete. Militant Sound Investigation, simply put, derives from a practice of listening that intervenes upon the presumed fi delity of the audio recording. Analysis of the registers of need, demand, desire begins with an initial cut in the record. This may occur as an edit that differentiates between the terms within a sound field that will have been heard in real-time.