The material for “I have got so much to tell you but I just don’t know how to begin” has been drawn from the personal archives of various people from different parts of the world, containing reel-to-reel tapes and recorders. This performance explores the themes of nostalgia, passage of time, privacy and intimacy. These reel-to-reel tapes are accidental finds that feature music, fragments of important talk radio shows of the time, and eavesdropped family conflicts. In addition, this collection includes reel-to-reel recorders, which reproduce at times vanishing, unintelligible, or ‘freakish’ sounds to our modern ears. The sight of old sound recording and reproduction machines, noisy output signals, and amplifiers placed inside their mechanism play their own part in this performance. The title is taken from the greetings, recorded on one of the tapes.
Augustė Vickunaitė produces music using old, often broken-down reel-to-reel tape recorders, and tape loops that feature fragments of field recordings, conversations of her friends, musical performances, and other planned or accidental recordings. She currently lives and studies sound art in Berlin.
Nina Guo is a high soprano currently based in Berlin and Boston. She sings notated and improvised music and frequently uses theatre. When she isn’t experimenting with her instrument and learning music, she reads essays, listens in parks, and eats bread.