17 September 2018 | 18:00 - 20:00

The Sonic Art of Avant-garde Cut-Ups Workshop

In this workshop we will explore the historical and aesthetic art of the avant-garde cut-ups on tape audio in the form of recorded sounds and human speech.

  • We will first introduce the cut-up technique by the Dadaist poet Tristan Tzara in 1920. Exercise 1 I Cutting- up words.
  • After we will explore (listen) to some examples of avant-garde cut-ups where words, audio tape & turntables operate together in unexpected ways. (P. Schaeffer, D. Derbyshire, W.Burroughs & Throbbing Gristle).
  • William Burroughs – The father of the audio tape cut-ups (Naked Lunch) as a weapon to attack the conventional logic, narrative and perception bluring the boundaries between reality and delusion. Attack on the middle class ways of narrative based on lineal story telling.
  • We will also learn how an Avant-garde experiment became a popular creative expression & entertainment use by many musicians and sound artists since the 20es up to date.

By the end of the workshop participants will have the historical background to approach sonic works with an expanded theoretical and practical perspective of the Avant-garde Cut-Offs on Audio Tapes. This knowledge will emerge as a composition using either text, voice overs, tape loops, samples and/or digital software.



Verónica Mota - Berlin

Professional sound artist currently working in Berlin. Her works encompass analogue and digital synthesis, field recordings and Musique Concrète techniques, often displaying her proficiency at playing a variety of instruments. She has produced a large body of soundtrack work for Radio, film and performance, and, with Cubop & Espectra Negra, as a solo artist in her own right. ​

Verónica Mota is also the founder and curator behind Urban Arts Berlin, a non-profit arts organization based in Berlin, Germany. She works at bringing together excellent talents from all over the world. Her experience and hard work have found a fantastic global resonance in the field of sonic art. She has become one of the most important curators for supporting international female composers and musicians in Berlin. She does not, however, exclude male artists. ​

Urban Arts Berlin Radio has become a new of her current projects where she presents and promotes the work of sound artists she has released under the Urban Arts Berlin label. Particularly relevant for her radio show is her excellent project Synthesis with two Volumes and a total of 75 sound works by professional composers -with a strong female presence- from all over the world. Urban Arts Berlin Radio is streamed in three platforms including Radio Resonance Extra in the United Kingdom, The Pi Radio Verbund Network and Urban Arts Berlin in Germany. ​

Since 2016 she also became member of The Ready Orchestra which brings together 21 female soloists based in Berlin with a Classic, Electronic, Electro-acoustic and Experimental background.