Armen is an upcoming installation and an EP (work in progress), composed using found audio materials which were produced or released by Armenian producers living abroad. Armenia has one of the largest diaspora in the world, spread across various continents. I chose to work with a selection of tracks from the 1970s and 80s made by Armenian diaspora producers, same generation as my father, who was an Armenian emigré himself. All of the selected tracks share a certain sense of nostalgia as well as use certain elements of traditional Armenian music. I reproduce their sounds and structures which create this “southern” feeling while exposing it to noises and glitchy textures reconstructing their narratives anew.
First part of Armen – “Cafe. Fourteen Jack” was broadcast by Radio Papesse Süden Radio and documenta14 SAVVY FUNK radio program.