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The Wurlitzer No. 1  is a site specific tech-trash album. It is a mobile app that mixes a site specific electronic album, geo-located at the former Wurlitzer Factory in Buffalo, NY. It combines the historical background of the Western New York factory with a locative sound mixer that re-mixes samples of old and new electronic music technologies on the edges of the old factory building.

 

The mobile app turns the perimeter of the former factory into an electronic music album. The album is inspired by the musical instruments and style that Wurlitzer had a significant role in developing - electronic music. The album samples archival material of electronic wurlitzer instruments.

 

 

As opposed to just music, Wurlitzer St. No. 1 plays the perimeter of the factory, an archive of its instruments, and the tech trash instruments of yesteryear, now ubiquitous and for sale on the internet, discarded at the end of driveways, or being given away for free.

 

Different track mixes are created by the various routes that one travels around the building. The path of the user on site determines the mix that one hears.

 

All elements of the app are geolocated, thus one can only hear the album when physically traveling to the site.

Is tech trash the ghost of electric human organs? An extended phenotype, like the spider web, the beaver dam - the keyboard? What is an abandoned spider web if not the tech trash of arachnid factories and spider symphonies?

While there are decayed electronic components and their ecological impact as a factor, what else emerges in the multiple layers of tech-decay? What is the relationship of obsolete mechanical technology, humans, and the post industrial factories in which the instruments were made?

 

A mobile app that layers all of this together seemed a fitting method to explore these questions.

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