CANTaudio was founded in Liverpool UK in 2003 by artist Alan Dunn.

Each CANTaudio production is home-produced and distributed free of charge in limited edition CDs or downloads.

CANTaudio exists to co-opt key audio works of the Twentieth Century into a much broader family of sound by placing them next to, around or within new neighbours and bedfellows. Words are removed, various cover versions combined and historical and personal material is called upon in the DIY process of extending tracks beyond their natural duration into where they may have come from and where they may be heading.

New audio homes are found for old sounds and new recordings are housed within existing material.


Alan Dunn on CANTaudio productions (Liverpool UK 4 May 2004):
“ The notion of CANTaudio began exactly on 15 January 2003. Between purchasing Stockhausen's helikopter-streichquartett CD and hearing it for the first time was a gap of three hours. In this period, a sound was formed in my head based on expectation, of what I hoped it would sound like. That first audio work was entitled “everything you hope from...” and it is that anticipated sound, using clips from helikopter-streichquartett alongside new field and helicopter recordings and excerpts from Guided by Voices, Birthday Party, Jesus & Mary Chain and (early) Human League. I realised that I already had the tools at my disposal to produce and duplicate small runs of audio CDs and CANTaudio began in this manner.
These discs were simply mailed out to people who I thought would be interested in hearing this kind of DIY material.”

will tear us apart began as the soundtrack to a short film produced at Agora Capacete in Rio de Janeiro in 2001. From numerous versions of Joy Division’s Love Will Tear Us Apart, the word love is carefully edited out. Part three (available to download from link below) uses New Order's first ever version of the song in 1983, reversed, slowed to 72% its original speed and peppered with verses from Springsteen's My Father's House.

lichth(of) fire was originally pieced together for an exhibition at Der Lichthof der VHS in Cologne in 1998 using only the pause button on a tape-to-tape cassette player. That original 3 minute tape version had a really raw energy that nomatter how I tried I couldn’t recapture digitally. But having round the clock access to some of this new technology – all of CANTaudio is produced in FinalCutPro and a lot of source material is downloaded – I was able to take some of the ideas in a different direction. lichth(of) fire was basically a suite of Nirvana songs carefully spliced to force Kurt Cobain to sing about the Loch Ness Monster. It had something to do with the plethora of conspiracy theories at the time. In The Rose (below), some original Cobain audio collages that were available online are preceded and followed by sounds that in a sense influenced him and were influenced by him.

One Saturday in November last year a major UK newspaper carried a free leaflet for an organisation called “Sight Savers International”. The front cover showed a young boy with a Frankie Says-style t-shirt with the text BORN TO BE BLIND. It was an extraordinary confusion of imagery and made me think about the idea of saving sight, of recovering vision. The audio work entitled ‘faith:drunk:leap:rage’ began as a thirty-minute remix of Amazing Grace (“was blind but now I see”) and crystallized into four distinct fields. faith is a collection of dark one-minute Graces (Einstürzende Neubauten, Nick Cave, Aretha Franklin, The Cramps). drunk was produced drunk on strong Lithuanian brew with references to Amazing Grace in relation to 9:11. leap is simply the sublime ‘such a good thing’ (new order) with a new ending and rage (download below) is every mention of footballer Wayne Rooney during an England-Denmark BBC Radio 5 commentary, layered over Melt Banana's long version of I hate it.

The most recent work is entitled Hungary is a six-part expansion of Gloomy Sunday, rightly or wrongly known as ‘the Hungarian suicide song’. It is set to a backdrop of Sunday suicide bombers in Iraq and reports in my local newspaper of the track’s ongoing legacy even after 80 years. Versions worked with include Artie Shaw, Gitane Demone, Christian Death, Diamanda Galas, Billie Holiday and Iva Bittova. A figure called Chistine is introduced early in the piece (Luscious Jackson) as a lonely character (‘she sang into the shadows to be free, looking for something beautiful to sing to’) and later revisited (Butthole Surfers) from the viewpoint of a lightly unhinged admirer. The Hungarian national anthem is solemnly reversed in a de-crescending movement and towards the conclusion excerpts from the film inspired by Gloomy Sunday ‘Ein Lied von Liebe und Tod’ appear. Almost lost in the middle of hungary is also a collection of thirteen new one-second compositions made up solely of the words ‘yes’ and ‘no’ from Twentieth Century music.



CANTaudio008 hungary
May 2004, edition of 22

CANTaudio007 canny
March 2004, edition of 18

CANTaudio006 sampler
February 2004, unlimited (200 produced)

November 2003, edition of 18

CANTaudio003 lichth(of) fire
August 2003, edition of 18

CANTaudio002 will tear us apart
June 2003, edition of 25

CANTaudio001 everything you hope from…
March 2003, edition of 31

My Father’s House

Blind Rage

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