Tapes of the Day
Audio diaries from Jerusalem and Tel Aviv
In December 2007 I was aksed to perform at the Hap'Zura festival in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Especially at that time, I hadn't yet traveled so much for my music, and visiting a country with such a tense political and religious history felt... big.
The idea of flying all that distance just to perform like I would normally do didn't appeal to me, so I decided to do something different. The idea was to translate my experience of being in Israel into a performance. 'Tapes of the Day' does that in quite a literal wayEach of the days I had to perform (one day in Jerusalem, the next in Tel Aviv), I took my portable recorder and walked through the city, going wherever the wind (or better: the sound) would take me. I limited myself by using 10 tapes, on which only one moment would be recorded. So I had to decide carefully when to press 'record'...
The moment I walked nearby a demonstration was specifically tense. "There's going to be violence!", a man warned me. A good time to move on.
The performances, which took place in the evening, consisted of mixing the recordings of that same day, live, in chonological order. The audience basically heard an ultra-condensed version of my day. A peak into my diary. Their world, heard through the ears of an outsider.