Beginning with analog tape recorders, and later expanding to include digital technology and film media, the group has used collage techniques to create works that challenge the notion of intellectual property. The Tape-beatles' body of work consists mainly of music and audio art recordings, expanded and performed cinema performances, videos, printed publications, as well as works in other media.
They produce and release work under an umbrella organization called Public Works Productions. To this end, they eschewed conventional musical instruments, instead contending that tape recording and the recording studio itself was their 'instrument'. The Tape-beatles, then consisting of Dunn, Heck and Johnson, put out their first major work, A subtle buoyancy of pulse in In keeping with the tape esthetic, the work was available only on cassette until being reissued 10 years later on CD by StaalplaatAmsterdam, the Netherlands.
Public response was sufficiently encouraging that the group immediately began work on a new album, adding two new members along the way: Paul Neff and Linda Morgan Brown. This was the record that put The Tape-beatles on the map to some extent, garnering favorable reviews in Keyboard as well as putting them on the Top 10 Imports of the Year list in Pulse the in-store magazine for the Tower Records chain.
It remains the work for which the Tape-beatles are best known. Music with Sound not only established the group's signature style and technique,  it also provided The Tape-beatles with a coherent soundtrack upon which to base a live public performance. The presentation was a barrage of discarded educational and motivational material put to a musical score that varied from the bombastic Please Help Me - The Tape-beatles - Music With Sound the delicate and subtly constructed.
The climax of the piece found the audience being surrounded by a single room-sized tape loop. Persian Gulf War and the historical context that created it. In the meantime, Ralph Johnson moved to Oakland, Calif.
Lloyd Dunn suspended all zine production see PhotoStatic Magazine and went on a yearlong trip abroad, spending most of the time in France see The Expatriotbut also dropping in on John Heck, then living in Prague. Using similar principles to the Tape-beatles, Public Works laid the focus on digital audio production, and tightened the emphasis on the making of music, with a reduced emphasis on pure sound collage or 'audio art'. An 'expanded cinema' performance of that name was also created, and the group performed that and The Grand Delusion in a dozen cities from San Francisco to Berlin, Germany.
It explored the Please Help Me - The Tape-beatles - Music With Sound of EVP Electronic voice phenomenon recordings, purported to document paranormal phenomena, and the so-called " numbers stations Talking Voyager 2 Type Things - Bob Geldof - The Vegetarians Of Love that can occasionally be heard on the shortwave band.
John Heck rejoined the group to work on a new proposed work for The Tape-beatles that would be called Good Times. The work was completed in Please Help Me - The Tape-beatles - Music With Sound Paul, Minn. More recently, The Tape-beatles have been performing their retrospective 'performed cinema' performance entitled "G. Both Heck and Dunn currently reside in Praguethe Czech republic. Inthe group was asked to provide 28 minutes of programming for The Radia Network a series that highlights electronic and experimental sound work.
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