The Complete Beatles
8 Channel sound installation
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Parallel to the intensified blood hunt for file sharers, the music industry is screaming for strengthened copyright laws, under the pretext that it is to protect us, the creators (musicians, artists, writers). In actual case, it is obviously to protect their own interests that the major record labels try to throw a spanner into the works for both development and creativity. With the current laws it would be impossible for genres like jazz and rock music to emerge since what has always been an integral part of musical development, namely references, borrowings and paraphrases, no longer is possible without financial backing from the major players of the music industry. Instead of investing money in trying to keep up with the technical development the money is spent on lobbying to convince politicians and legislators that it is necessary to litigate against both file sharing and any creator who gets the idea to borrow to create something new. Few others have been protected more fiercely in this way than an old pop band from Liverpool, who themselves were borrowing a lot from old blues tunes. I am of course speaking of The Beatles, and said band is also one of the reasons why we now see the copyright for recordings being prolonged.

In the sound installation “The Complete Beatles” things are turned on their head, as it consists in its entirety of music recorded by the band. As a matter of fact, every second of officially released studio recordings by The Beatles is included in the piece, but none of the compositions are ever discernible. Every individual track is looped and played simultaneously, so that at any given instant of the continuous sound you hear all of The Beatles studio recordings. As you walk through the room and get closer to different speakers the sound shifts. Overtones shimmer and vibrate. The production on the earlier and later albums differs and this is notable even though not a single note of the original music can be identified. This is not about sampling – The Beatles production is presented in its entirety – but is it The Beatles that we are hearing?

Listen to a sample of the installation recorded in the silo at Neon Gallery in Brösarp, Sweden, 2009. Click here.

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