|67projects is a Liverpool-Leeds based artists' group dedicated to the presentation of artworks on billboards and compilation CDs. The audio branch, cantaudio, is run by artist Alan Dunn with a range of international collaborators, including Leeds Beckett University. Collections around specific themes are developed, bringing together works from artists, art students and archives. Each CD is produced in an edition of 1,000 within an MCPS/PRS Limited Manufacture Licence. For copies and enquiries, please email Alan Dunn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Soundtrack for a Mersey Tunnel
|The sound of dripping water
|Artists' uses of the term 'revolution'
|Grey is the colour of hope
|Soundtrack to a catastrophic world
|A history of background
|Adventures in numb4rland
|cantaudio028*, February 2008
|cantaudio029, September 2008
|cantaudio030, June 2009
|cantaudio031, April 2010
|cantaudio032, September 2010
|cantaudio033, March 2011
|cantaudio034, March 2012
|Inspired by the 2'33" spent travelling under the Mersey River in bus number 433, this CD gathered together tracks of exact length 2'33". Produced in edition of 433 only and given away freely at tunnel toll booths. The collection included recordings from a choir of tunnel worker specifically set up to record in the depths of the vent shafts, underwater recordings, a remix of the silences from John Cage LPs, folk songs and excerpts of spoken morse code.
|Exploring the manners in which artists have used the very simple motif of dripping water, from HP Lovecraft in 1908 to the present. The CD combines historical works, existing tracks and new compositions. Distributed within the 'folly' Williamson Tunnels in Liverpool, in which the sound of dripping water can be heard but rarely seen. The CDs suggest three uses of the motif by artists, as field recording, as documented performance and as regulated rhythm. In collaboration with Jeff Young.
|Gathering examples of artists using the term 'revolution', combining spoken word, archival material and new compositions in the vein of The Beatles' landmark 1968 collage 'Revolution 9'. The collection fuses together YouTube amateurs, art students given only a 4-hour deadline to produce, Kurdish poets, Spanish punks, Cuban artists, industrial revolution and broadside songs, Belgian folk singers, Mexican hip-hop and The Black Panthers.
|Grey is neutral, boring, indifferent, foggy, uniformed, wet, lifeless, lacking risk, businesslike, sombre and concrete. The poet Irina Ratushinskaya spent seven years in a Russian prison camp, during which time grey, for her, became the colour of hope. This collection brings together those that have pushed grey's role in art, painting an optimistic grey landscape with just a single splash of yellow, based on JMW Turner's Moonlight, a study at Millbank, 1797.
|Since time in memoriam, artists have visualised that moment when life collapses, when order ends, when our presence on this earth is brought into insignificance and we are asked to consider sizes, lengths of time and concepts almost beyond us. On this CD, artists, musicians, scientists, composers, radio astronomers and field linguists take catastrophe as their point of departure and reveal the importance of sound and auditory perception to this imagining. In collaboration with Ben Parry.
|From the Big Bang, background has been .. all around us. The manners in which artists have dealt with it as a subject is explored here, from dub to ambient, soundtracks to bass guitars, Muzak to backing vocals. The CD includes the last known 'structured' recordings from space alongside new 30-second compositions by young art students. The accompanying booklet essay traces a cultural lineage of background from Robin Williams through to Richard Haas.
|Behind reality may lie .. numbers. As mathematicians focus on the numbers 4 or 8 as possibly the most revealing, this collection examines the manners in which artists and musicians have (sub)consciously used the number 4. Inspired by Alex Bellos' book 'Adventures in numberland', spoken word and song drift through the four seasons, 4x4, four-letter-words, 4th July and four eyes, 4am, 4-minute warning.
|Selected pieces: Chris Watson, Pete Wylie & Jeff Young, Becky Shaw, a.P.A.t.T., Claire Potter, Ocean Viva Silver, unclejim, It's Murder Beams, Mark Pilkington, Chad Eby, Roger Cliffe-Thompson, Patricia Walsh, James Chinneck, Werner Moebius, Sex Education, Pavel Büchler & Matt Wand and Gintas K.
|Selected pieces: Hugh Le Caine, Oliver Bernard reading Guillaume Apollinaire, Jodi Cave, Splinters, Jem Finer, Scanner, Etsuko Maesaki, Ben Patterson, Pauline Oliveros' Deep Listening Band, Asmus Tietchens, Sneha Solanki, Susan Collins, Kaffe Matthews, Jitender Shambi, George Brecht, VOID OV VOID and John Cage.
|Selected pieces: Douglas Gordon, Sisters of Revolution, Baader Meinhof, Aldous Huxley, Fred Hampton, Raul Castro, Chumbawamba, Marcel Duchamp, Redskins, George Maciunas, Herbert Marcuse, Giddee Limit, Frederic Chopin, Paul Revere & The Raiders, Sarah Jones interview and the first line from Lux Interior's obituary.
|Selected pieces: Lydia Lunch, Gerhard Richter, Agnes Martin, Bill Drummond, REKS, Rory Macbeth, Medea Connection, Jeff Young, Leadbelly, Rodney Marsh, Midge Ure, Henry Miller, Irina Ratushinskaya and staff and students from Leeds Beckett University.
|Selected pieces: Gina Czarnecki, Jocelyn Robert, David Harrison, Rodney Dickson, Jonathan Swain, Hilary Mullaney, Thomas Ashcraft, Pépé Bradock, Andrea Polli, Noise Club, zygote, Chris Watson, Adam Nankervis and Peter Cusack.
|Selected pieces: David Bowie, Undark, Yoko Ono, Einsturzende Neubauten, Jeff Young, Alfons Schilling, Lee 'Scratch' Perry, Cyrus, Bo Diddley, Eve Hell, Brian Eno, Hannah Dargavel-Leafe, The Stupids, Michelangelo Antonioni, Carol Kaye and Andy Warhol.
|Selected pieces: The Residents, alva noto, Diamanda Galas, Atmosphere, Danny McEvoy, Trixie & The Merch Girls, Tocotronic, Alex Bellos, International Peoples Gang, Clinic, Rhett Miller, Chris Watson, the 5678s, the Pixies and Vivaldi.
|67projects is chaired by Alan Dunn, born in Glasgow in 1967 and studied at Glasgow School of Art and The Art Institute of Chicago. In 1991 he gained international coverage for his self-initiated Bellgrove Billboard Project, presenting 17 new hand-painted posterworks to an audience of 440,000 people at an east end railway station. Between 2001-7 he was lead artist on the ground-breaking Internet TV project tenantspin and he currently lectures in Contemporary Art Practices at Leeds Beckett University, UK. He has developed collaborative content with Philip Jeck, Mike McCartney, Fiona Banner, James Kelman, Foreign Investment, The Big Issue Magazine, Will Self and BBC Radio 3.
|www.alandunn67.co.uk Link to archive of Alan Dunn's projects, chronologically arranged with most recent at the top
|* cantaudio came to being in a three-hour period between purchasing Stockhausen's 'Helicopter String Quartet' and actually hearing it for the first time. Initially a set of home-made CDRs exploring 'anticipated sound', the series developed into the themed digipak series. cantaudio explores what Tarkovsky termed 'refrains', fundamental themes that artists have confronted over the centuries and continue to do so - travel, silence, revolution, water, background, grey. Some highlights from early cantaudio days are below.
|'Take the mic away', 7" picture disc single as part of The Bluecoat's 'Live from the Vinyl Junkyard' featuring excerpts from performances by Jeremy Deller, Forsyth & Pollard, Colin Fallows and Cornford & Cross. Produced by Alan Dunn and ex-Christians Henry Priestment, featuring remix by Philip Jeck, 1998.
|'Superblockrockingbeats', CD produced by tenantspin, Alan Dunn & Jeff Young. Young worked with tenantspin on the 80-minute drama 'SuperBlock' commissioned by BBC Radio 3. Set in the year 2040 when all of Liverpool's tower blocks are re-built, on top of each other, the dark drama traces the returning architect's breakdown as he navigates narratives collaboratively written with elderly high-rise tenants. This audio file opened the CD, with a guest appearance from Superflex and curator Rene Block uttering 'Never mind the blocks', 2003.
|'DELETER', four 12" dublates and CD remix. DELETER spliced together audio files found on the cutting room floor, including obscure horse racing commentaries, spoon playing, Foreign Investment's 'Good morning Camberwell' and screams from the 'Identikit' project at the Bluecoat. The four vinyls were then passed to Philip Jeck to create this remix, 2003.
|'parklife', CD by tenantspin and Alan Dunn, featuring Chris Watson, Foreign Investment and local residents creating new works inspire by Sefton Park in Winter. The track The Stoorry evolved from a creative writing class betwen The Greenhouse Project and artist Shane Beales. The young people's tales were then re-worked by local punk band Walk The Plank. Michael On The Roundabout evolved from choir workshops run by artist Wibke Hott at the nearby Liverpool Womens' Hospital, 2006.
|'TOPPING OUT act 1', CD, audio composition for Foreign Investment as part of their 'Topping Out' commission to mark Arts Council England's move into new premises at The Hive in Manchester. ACE staff's favourite songs drift in and out of lectures by water diviners, architects and the ACE Scratch Choir, 2010.
|'800RPM', single 12" dubplate with 800 uses of the word 'revolution' from post-1967 music. Label comprises six original signatures from influential Liverpool-associated males including Shankly, Dalglish, Drummond and Peel. Edition of 1, signed and framed, 2006.
|'36 compositions for a Woolton Jukebox' CDR. For three months Alan Dunn and Jeff Young were resident in a South Liverpool tower block due for refurbishment. To mark the creation of 'The Outhouse' public folly, the artists recorded the area, from the woman who confessed a desire to smash glass (arranged for her at Pilkingtons' Test Facility) and the isolated resident brought up on Russian classics - the track 'Rachmaninov' (sic) later included on Vibrofiles' 'Citizen Band'. The artists realised that the church where John first met Paul was in Woolton and in the grounds lay the grave of one Eleanor Rigby. As the artists explored, a man from the church (who turned out to be the son of former Liverpool manager Bob Paisley) recounted the whole tale and facilitated the recording of the church bells playing 'Eleanor Rigby', 2005.
|'no go zones', audio radio project curated by Claudia Wegener and Terry Humphrey, featuring Phill Niblock, Radio Continental Drift, William Furlong & Declan McGonagle, Foreign Investment, Charles Hayward, Ocean Viva Silver and William Kentridge, The 67projects' track no ma da once said owt was one of four pieces in response to an audio file "no man like my father" produced by Karon and Tutu, the Luc Besson series of 'Taxi' films and recordings of a neighbour revving his Subaru up for four minutes every day at 6am, 2007.
|'Soundtrack for a Mersey Tunnel', CD compiled by Alan Dunn, featuring tracks of exact length 2'33, the time taken by the 433 bus to travel through the Mersey Tunnel. In conjunction with Mersey Travel, the tunnels were closed to allow live recordings by Jeff Young & Pete Wylie and Roger Cliffe-Thompson. Chris Watson contributed 'Deep Voices' and Pavel Buchler and Matt Wand collaborated on 'a la Cage', 2008.
|'Mistribution', CDR. Mobile phone recordings of the artist asking for Guided by Voices material in various HMVs and Virgins and the numerous excuses for not stocking any (eg "lack of space"), 2007.