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Z., Pamela

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Digital access to this material is pending artist's approval. Materials may be viewed onsite at the Goldsen Archive, Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Kroch Library, Cornell University.

My work is about layers. From a very early age, as I experimented wrth music and sound - learning and composing songs, studying various conventional instruments, experimenting with my voice, and making musical instruments from found objects - I wanted to find ways of building up more complex textures. But a key moment in my childhood development occurred the day my father sent two Phillips cassette tape recorders for my teenaged sisters. It didn't take me long to figure out that, by bouncing back and forth between the two machines, 1 could overdub my voice and create densely layered (albeit very low fidelity) quasi multi-track recordings. This inspired me to create entire make-believe radio programs in which I performed all the voices of the announcers, and all the parts of the music. At the time, I just thought of it as playing. I had no idea that this was a foreshadowing of my later use of samples, digital delay, and other processors to create a large body of layered sound and performance works.

 
 
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