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
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Audio CD sets compiled by artist Alan Dunn and produced in numbered editions of 1,000 within an MCPS/PRS Limited Manufacture Licence, distributed freely

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. 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.
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, Sara 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 Metropolitan 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.
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Alan Dunn was 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 Metropolitan 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.

Link to archive of Alan Dunn's projects, chronologically arranged with most recent at the top