Number #1 Hit Trauma

 

 

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Dates:

29.08.2019 – 30.08.2019

Location:

Sonic Arts Degree Show, Butchart Hall, Aberdeen, United Kingdom

Credits:

Photography by Noush, recording by Bry Parasite

About:

The exhibition took the form of an exploration of the phenomenon of flashbulb memories and the ‘neuronic trigger’ of popular music following the discovery that Candle In the Wind ‘97 by Elton John remains the bestselling single of all time in the United Kingdom. The generation of flashbulb memories allows individuals to define themselves within wider national cultural memory while popular music itself is an aspect of national cultural identity within the collective cultural memory. As the media relies on archetypes to create definitive narratives around dramatic occurrences we can see journalism itself as a “ritual process of identity affirmation and as an evolving narrative shaped by memory and myth”. If we see these narratives as an active act of mythmaking then to take the plunderphonics notion that all popular song is folk song - due to our involuntary exposure to it - then Candle In the Wind ‘97 directly fulfils the historic function of folk music; to communicate myth and codify social morals. Its multiplatinum success reflects our collective engagement and reciprocity with this act of cultural mythmaking. This central idea forms the basis of the 3 pieces presented in this work, which can be taken separately or as an installation.

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A collection of 60 mp3 players featuring datamoshed versions of the 60 bestselling songs in UK history in one channel and personal flashbulb memories in the other.

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WW#3 broadcast

Two audiovisual works using two songs specifically related to flashbulb memories - Candlein the Wind ‘97 by Elton John and Where Were You by Alan Jackson. Both songs were transcribed into Morse code and broadcast on a short-range transmitter. The video was taken from both karaoke programs and an archive of the now obsolete CEEFAX service.

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YOU I THE AND TO ME A MY IT YOUR ALL THAT IN LOVE OF IT'S UP I'M KNOW IS LALALA OH ON JUST WHEN NO BUT FOR SO WE DON'T BE GET LIKE YOU'RE WITH NIGHT CAN'T GO CAN WHAT WANT WE'RE IF DO THIS WAY NOW BABY GOT FEEL WAS TIME I'LL COME NEVER HER SHE WILL OUT LET ONE SAY GONNA DOWN YEAH ARE GOOD GIVE DAY HEART NOT HAVE CHRISTMAS WORLD TELL LIFE NEED MAN HEY WANNA SEE HOW THEY ONLY TAKE AT AS I'VE MAKE BELIEVE HAPPY THAT’S REALLY MORE WON’T THERE HE AWAY LUCKY FROM AM RIGHT MONEY BECAUSE US FACE TOO ROCK HIS HERE OUR ‘CAUSE AGAIN ABOUT PLACE THINK SHE’S STILL SAID HOME PUT BY HALLELUJAH BUY EVER MIND BEEN WHERE LOOK WOULD THEM LAST TONIGHT HAD EVERY COMING WHO SONG OR KEEP EYES COULD FIND THROUGH NOTHING AROUND YOUNG FUN HARD SING ALONG MAYBE READ WERE FOUND WELL WHY ALWAYS FALL BACK POKER KARMA TEARS FIRE I’D HOLD LIGHT WATCH EVERYBODY FEELING FUNK GOTTA EVEN UPTOWN SHOW THEN LOSE HOT GIRL HANDS CLAP SHOULD LOVING BEFORE YOU’VE FORGET SATURDAY HEAR TITANIUM WAIT OVER INTO GAVE EASY FEEL AINT LORD SOMEONE GONE GOING WIND SUN BOY GREEN HEAD HIGH BAD WORDS WASN’T LONG LOST FOREVER YOU’LL DANCE SOMETIMES USED SOMETHING SHOOT LETS PARTY KILLING HIM HERE’S TRUE TRAGEDY HAND MADE SOME OLD DIDN’T BETTER AFTER WITHOUT THINGS MOVES RED LIVING LETS LIVE DREAMS FAR HEARD HIT DARLING CAUSE BORN RATHER TOUCH GOLD MUST MINE ONCE OWN INSIDE HURT LIVES LOW TOUCH HOPELESS HAPPINESS BRING THEIR KISS WISH EVERYTHING FREE THROUGH PEOPLE THEIR STRONG TOOK DREAM CALLED TODAY TONIGHT’S SAME MEAN NOBODY LIE CRAZY SOFTLY LOVES LIE LONELY PERFECT CAME TILL THOSE STARS SOUND SOUL REAL NUMBER HATE LOVER THOSE HATE GOIN’ SURE SEA TOLD FIGHT FIND EYE CHANGE AN SUMMER WRONG TURN TILL THREE THOUGHT PARADISE BURNING TRUTH HURTS DOES SOMEBODY LEAVE SCORE VERY HAS GANGSTER’S MOVE HALF ARMS ARE PRAY ARE ALRIGHT WHILE TOGETHER THESE TIGHT THING SWEET NOWHERE SEEMS PEACE THAN ROOM WHILE TAINTED PRETTY MORNING ENOUGH FRIEND KING DIE CONTROL DOOR BREAK DID ANGELS BRIGHT YES DARK YEARS YEAR WHOLE TALKING BOUT THINKING WE’LL STOP SMILE SLAM SAW SAVE LOUD PRICE HUH HEAVENLY EVERYONE PLAY FRIENDS GOES GOODBYE FEELS COLD FELT CRIES TREAT ‘EM AIR ALONE CAUGHT FIRE CLOSE START TOMORROW SPECIAL REMEMBER WE’VE UNDERSTAND RIVERS CRY OTHER NAME MISSING TAKING STEP RUN GETTING DAMN BODY BOTH BOYS TURNED HIDE BEAR LEFT HOPE SNOW WORTH BLACK BARBIE VOICE TRIBES WALK SEXY SAT STANDING NAKED MEET MYSELF MET MANY LOVE’S WAITING TORN SUCH TAG WHAT’S SAD RAISE PAST LIPS HOLDING GLASS IMAGINE HOLDING FUTURE GIRLS FOOTBALL FIRST DIANA GIVEN LATE KEEPER BEST CHANCE BIG END BELLS BEATING WORDS WASTE WAR UNDER TRIED TOWN THROW THEY’RE THERE’LL TELLING STREET LAND POWER ROLL POOR ONES LOT KNOWN GOD GREATEST HOUSE RIDE BEGINNING FLOW GAS FAST FAITH ENGLAND’S DREAMING CHILD BEGUN AMAZING EVERYBODY’S HAVING MINUTE ANOTHER MARY’S ANYMORE AFRAID YOU’D WENT STRANGE SOMETHIN’ RICOCHET RELEASE SEX RELAX TOP THIRTY WHEREVER WENT CHAMELEON YOURSELF SAYING SAVES SHOUT THEY’LL GHOST CONFESS HARK HONEY ISN’T HES BROKEN CHOIR CHING MUSIC COLOURS BLING BULLETPROOF LEAD BURNT BED PRAISE NOTHIN’ ENJOYING ENDS HANGIN’ YOURSELF DOESN’T EACH FLYING BABE AYE AIM SIGHT SORRY HONEY ROLLING ROAD SIGN THEY’LL WHAT’S STYLE SKY YESTERDAY WRITTEN MEMORIES WINNING FINGERS FEELINGS WICKED GLEAMING CHRIST SHOT GUN SEARCH ROUND FEELS WARM FORGIVE LYING RUNNING SON RISIN’ RINGING REACHING MIST LAID LADY KNOWS BLIND PHONE LIVED HANG MERRY HEARTS CHANGED CARNIVAL REACH DONE DRUNK DOUBT JUMP KEPT CARRY KEY BESIDE BEG BAY BAR AFFECT BLUE BEHIND DESIRE DEATH CUT DRIVE AFFECTION ZIGZAG WORKING SIX LOOKING OLDER LONELINESS NEO DAYLIGHT SHADOW SHAPE WHO’S WISER TREE TONGUE HOLY TRIPPER SHIT DOUGH BUYS APART CONSCIENCE PAINT SWITCH LAUGHTER PICTURE PALE SECRET RHYTHM QUESTIONS WAYS SUPPOSED SURVIVE CAPTIVITY HEAVEN TEASING EVERYDAY FOLLOW FAMILY SANTA SEEN SHINING SANG SIN BREATH BREATHE BATHROOM ABOVE UNDERNEATH BEAUTIFUL MOUTH DANCING CUP BLOWS BIRDS ASKING SERIOUS ALMOST CREEPING BANGING CANNOT ASK ANYONE HIGHER BRIGHTLY BLURRED MATTERS SOON SPEND SPOT BROAD SUDDENLY PART COMES CHOICE CARRIED NEAR SEEN GROWS PLASTIC RING FORSAKE SERIOUS DREAMER MISTRUST HELP FOLLOW SLEEPER LEGEND HAPPENED SHADOW HANDED FELL FIVE THOUSAND DISTANCE POSSIBLE SOW REAP SUPPOSED GROWS NOTHIN’ WATCHIN’ WORKIN’ WATCHING WISER PICK POINT SLEEP HELP PART WATER GROWN REQUIRED DRY DIAMOND BONES EVERYWHERE FEELIN’ DEAD EVERMORE THUS EV’RE EITHER ELSE CURVES DREAMIN’ CHALLENGE CHASE CHEAT CHIMES BREATHING ACROSS BISMILLAH CITY BETHLEHEM AHEAD WORKING DIFFERENT FADING EDGES RELEASED BETWEEN PROMISE BLOOM CHECK OFFERS PRIDE THUS SHALL BLUES IMPERFECTIONS PLAYING PRETEND GLORY GIFT GALWAY PAINTED STRENGTH SHALL SHADE SENT SHARE ITS SHAME RIPPED ROSE CANDLE DARE DIFFERENT GREENEST HUNGERED GRAB TRANSPIRE WILLOW WALL REGRETS PILLOW SHOULDER OFFERS FRIENDSHIP FOREVERMORE GUILTY FOOTSTEPS NEARLY NASTY MOVING WHETHER THEY’VE TAKE STARES MARY KEEPS GROUND CANDLES CHIMES TEN LUCK MOON LEAVING LEVEL LATER KNEW KEEPS EXTRA LOVED LOSIN PRIDE SLOWING SPINNING SHALL SEND SHADE WHETHER VALLEY WORK TRANSPIRE SUNSET CUPS BLASTED SURVIVOR ITS MEMORY OKAY OUTSIDE SEEING RECORDS TRADE BEAT REASON TRYIN’ EVERY WATERFALL STALKING STOOP SAYS READY RAN BALL CARS SLOWLY AWAKE CLIFFS ANYWAY WITHIN OUTSIDE ASIDE NYPD SPREAD WINGS PREY SACRIFICE TIRED MOONLIGHT STRIKES PLAYED DICE DYING STAR LOSIN’ LIGHTS CONSUMED HEADS TRAVELLED ANSWERED DEEP GROW AWAKE EMPTY ALIVE ILLUSION FREEDOM FUCKING DIES SHEPHERD SHAMED SELL SELF SEARCHING SCREAMING LIFETIME NOTHINGS NATURE MAKING MACHINE LOVERS KILL SAINT REIGN SHELF PAYING MISTAKES WEEPING ZION SEARCHING CONFUSING MEDITATION WINDING VOCABULARY WHISPERS WORKING YEARS WEEPIN’ YELLOW SHOULDN’T DOMESTICATE FANTASY ALPHABET ALPHA BARELY CRITICIZED BULLETS FLEETING COLUMBINE HAUNTED HIGHS APOLOGISE ATTACK BITCH KILL BITTERSWEET CAMERA CLANGING CHERRIES DRAGON DEFINE CONSOLATION COMFORT DENY FORLORN SHEEP BITTERSWEET DREAD FALLING FALLS FURTHER FULL HEADING DRANK STICKS STONES SPUNK SPIT PUNK SOUNDS SOMEWHERE PRAYER SMOKE PAY GLOW WHATEVER TEXAS FLOWING CONTRADICTION BIBLE PAYING MAN’S MAKING GARDEN FLEETING BABYLON CONVICTION FRIENDLY POLICE GAME CONFUSING ENSLAVE OURS REMEMBERED

Key words:

Flashbulb memories, memory, collective unconscious, culture, charts, hits, singles, best-selling, trauma, shock, 9/11, Diana, myth, media, archetypes