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The Name of the Game Is the Public Domain (MP3)

Collage as surrealist melodrama

The 22nd in the Radius podcast series is a collage committed by Public Domain, aka the London, England, duo of Jane Burton and Doris Lake. It’s a string of static-laden sampled fragments, spoken bits and snatches of music, strung together in a model that fits somewhere between surrealist melodrama and willfully distracted knob-turning. The duo says they use humor and found materials to express something akin to the “collective unconscious.” The key element here may be the static, because it means that the reused goods are transformed at least once before context lends a subsequent mental or otherwise associative realignment.

Track originally posted for free download and streaming at and More on Public Domain at its page.

By Marc Weidenbaum

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