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evolution occurs very slowly or not at all

by James Saunders

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evolution occurs very slowly or not at all (2020) presents a collection of sound files that may gradually transform over multiple generations. The project is open to distributed participants who select any two of the available files and listen to them simultaneously while trying to recreate what they hear using any sound-producing means. Participants record their recreation and add it to the collection of sound files. Over the course of the project, the files may evolve based on the adaptations and mutations introduced by the participants.

The title is taken from Richard Dawkins’ The Blind Watchmaker (1986).


released March 18, 2020

Contributors: James Saunders, Paul Zaba


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James Saunders Bristol, UK

James Saunders is a composer with an interest in group behaviours and decision making. He performs in the duo Parkinson Saunders, and with Apartment House. He is Head of the Centre for Musical Research at Bath Spa University. See www.james-saunders.com for more information. ... more

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