Arbeits / Kraft James O’Callaghan

The title literally translates to ‘Labour / Force’, semantically split apart with a slash, fragmenting the Marxist phrase, which conceives of labour as a commodity. In more colloquial terms, the labour force refers to the body of workers. As the phrase is deconstructed, ‘force’ takes on a new meaning in English, while in the original German, ‘arbeits’ becomes alienated from ‘kraft’. This piece explores different metallic objects as its chief sound objects, but with special concern for not only their sonic properties, but also for their social context and particular class associations. They are themselves fragmented and juxtaposed into metaphoric and imaginative syntaxes, illustrating the workers’ struggle and alienation in production. As technology accelerates into the mechanical, the historical progression of labour evolves through further fragmentation.

  • ISWC (International Standard Musical Work Code): T9061506818
  • Year of composition: 2009
  • Genre: Electroacoustics
  • Format: Fixed media
  • Hardware used: Yamaha O2R Mixing Console, Impulse Generator
  • Software used: Pro Tools, Peak, GRM Tools, SoundHack, SpectraFoo, Max/MSP
  • Duration of the submitted work: 9:04
  • Production: University

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