Various Artists – Exquisite Corpse Audio Chain Letter – HalTapes (2012)
Hal McGee is a legend on the tape and experimental scene – based in Florida he has been making an enormous amount of music since 1982.
I met him when I played Gainsville in 2007 – I was with Good Noise Bad Noise and he was filling in for Scott of Duet For Theremin and Lap Steel. I have kept in touch since and been involved in various projects – This one (more of latter), The International Email Art Project and Apartment Music.
On December 8, 2011 I sent an email (with a one-minute mp3 attached) to nine members of the Contact Group of Homemade Experimental Electronic Music and Noise (on Facebook):
THIS IS AN EXQUISITE CORPSE AUDIO CHAIN LETTER
ATTACHED TO THIS EMAIL IS A 128 KBPS MP3 AUDIO FILE
DOWNLOAD THE MP3
REACT TO THE LAST 5 SECONDS OF THE MP3 AND ADD ONE MINUTE OR LESS OF
YOUR SOUNDS TO THE END OF THE MP3.
DO NOT ALTER OR MODIFY THE SOUNDS THAT ARE ALREADY CONTAINED IN THE
MP3. JUST ADD YOUR SOUNDS TO THE END OF WHAT IS ALREADY THERE, MAKING
ONE CONTINUOUS FILE, NOT SEPARATE FILES.
FOR EXTRA MYSTERY AND FUN TRY TO AVOID LISTENING TO THE ENTIRE MP3;
LISTEN TO THE LAST 5 SECONDS ONLY.
SAVE YOUR NEW VERSION OF THE MP3 IN 128 KBPS BITRATE
ATTACH YOUR SAVED MP3 TO AN EMAIL AND SEND IT TO NINE PEOPLE AT THE SAME TIME.
PUT ALL NINE IN THE BCC OF YOUR EMAIL, FOR EXAMPLE.
TO CLARIFY: YOU WILL BE SENDING THE SAME MP3 TO ALL OF THE NINE PEOPLE.
COPY AND PASTE THESE INSTRUCTIONS INTO A NEW EMAIL OR FORWARD THIS EMAIL.
PLEASE ADD YOUR SOUNDS AND SEND THE MP3 WITHIN 72 HOURS OF RECEIVING IT, IF POSSIBLE.