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African Feedback

by Alessandro Bosetti



Through a process of listening and speaking, African Feedback documents an exchange between artist Alessandro Bosetti and residents of villages throughout West Africa. Playing music by various experimental and avant-garde composers to people met in villages, Bosetti records their responses, asking them what they are hearing, and how they relate to the music and sounds. Composing their responses, with field recordings made throughout his travels, African Feedback is a musical portrait of cultural translations, misunderstandings, different voices and languages. Including an audio CD and the transcriptions of the listening sessions, along with an introduction by the artist, African Feedback is a beautiful and beguiling work cutting across the ongoing questions of cultural difference.

" ... For African Feedback I travelled in Western Africa with a CD player and a selection of experimental, electro-acoustic and improvised music.This "portable memory" represented my background as a musician or, in other words, my personal "cosmogony". My favorite records.I did propose a listening of those sounds to people completely unaware of them and I did ask for a description. I did never explain what they were listening to.They listened the music through headphones and I recorded in the meanwhile the description or imitation they produced in real time.The presence of the headphones permitted not to have traces of the original musics in the new recordings but just the "feedback" received from the listener. Once back in Europe I used exclusively this recorded material in constructing a text sound composition. The dynamics of misunderstandings, of interest or indifference in front of my propositions in sound constituted the focal point of my curiosity and reflection. Recordings took place in November 2004 in Dogon and Mossi villages between Mali and Burkina Faso."
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released August 1, 2005


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