Duncan McAfee

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A Machine Winds On (Year After Year)
The Miller And McAfee Press 2008


A Machine Winds On (Year After Year) was commissioned by E:vent for the Sound Proof exhibition and informed by a tour of the East London Olympic Site in construction. Struck by the mechanical nature of both the tour itself and the ceaseless cycle of the manufacturing of the Olympics, the work turns the Olympic logo into a series of cogs, each cog driving the next, creating a sonic template for the clockwork soundtrack. The voice of poet Gerry Mitchell reads the text; the story ends, and instantly the work sends the listener into a curiosity shop of ticks and tocks, chimes and bells, cranks and whistles, transporting them into the workings of a giant, antiquated clockwork mechanism.


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