Jad: He takes these bits of classical muzac and records it onto analog tape and loops it...)
"...and in transferring the analog tapes onto digital, I grabbed this one very grave, stately loop I had forgotten about, and I set it up and left the room to get coffee and then realized something had changed- I looked and could see the tape was shredding..."
(Jad: The thing to understand about tape- it's iron oxide powder glued to a piece of plastic- so the iron powder is music- but after twenty or thirty years, the glue loses it's strength, so the dust falls off onto the floor- his music is actually falling onto the floor.)
"...and after a course of about an hour- the music disintegrated. I did this with all the tapes. And they all seemed to have the same pattern. Just listen-
...I'm recording the life and death of a melody...
and it just made me think of human beings."
-from the Loops episode of RadioLab, October 4, 2011