Playing with Voyeurism. Interview with Ben Roberts about his found sound archive, part one, by Rinus Van Alebeek

Recorded in his apartment in Madrid, directly on tape with the use of an 80s language class tape machine, in this interview with Ben Roberts we hear him talk about his early childhood when his parents gave him a cassette recorder, which triggered his fascination for the recorded evidence of somebody’s life.

Jumble sales, diary tapes recorded in Japan, tape letters, the mysteries of unwanted recordings or the sounds in the background are all mentioned.  Ben Roberts also explains why the invention of the magnetic tape and its recorder were a milestone in the history of mankind.

All through the interview we hear excerpts of Ben’s tape founds.



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