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Jocks Sun Jocks

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Jocks CD cover A fixed music opera in the fourth person for disintegrating tape and digital audio workstation

Text: David & Mark Mooney
Book: David Mooney
Treatment: David Mooney
Realization: Sony TC-200 reel-to-reel tape deck, Kyma, and ancillary digital audio software.

The story of Jocks

LARVA05: Jocks 2006, CDR and 60 page illustrated book, self release
Available: By email request

What it is

Back in 1971 my brother Mark and I recorded ourselves talking as we watched an American football game on TV. At the time, this was part of a writing project that was an effort to capture the whole of a scene, a perspective from all points simultaneously in which no sensory input is filtered out, much the way a tape recorder picks up all sounds indiscriminately.

The Perpetrators

Several iterations of Jocks were completed in the two decades following the initial recording session. Finally, an exploratory work composed in 1996, Jump and Dance, convinced me that the original medium, recorded sound, is the best way to work with this material. (To learn more read The story of Jocks)

Jocks: The music

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Jocks (entire work) 2004 - 2006
Broadcast: art@radio, WMBC, Baltimore, February 28, 2007

The Pregame Show: Five Is Going to Do It 2004 6:00   Listen LISTEN
Kickoff: Adverse Conditions 2006 1:00
First Quarter: They're All a Bunch of Jocks 2005 10:00 Listen LISTEN
Commercial Break: Shoo Fly 2005 1:00   Listen LISTEN
Second Quarter: The Third Team 2005 6:00
Commercial Break: Pro Rata Guarantee 2005 3:00
Half Time Intermission: T. Watkins 2005 8:00   Listen LISTEN
Commercial Break: There's That Fly Again 2005 2:00   Listen LISTEN
Third Quarter: Flags and Whistles 2005 12:00
Commercial Break: They're Having an Ambush Here 2005 3:00
Fourth Quarter: Time Is a Factor 2006 6:00   Listen LISTEN
Post Game Show: The Fourth Person 2006 6:00
Post Game Analysis: Jump and Dance 1996 3:57

Jocks: The Book

For those who wish to penetrate deeper into the foggy intellibility of Jocks the 60 page book contains the "lyrics" and is illustrated with images extracted from the 1972 drawn version.


Jocks is dedicated to my brother, Mark, for his willingness to participate in the original recording session and for his patience, forbearance, and love during my 35 year obsession with this material.

Format note

Links for listening connect directly to the mp3 file. This method assumes that you have some sort of audio player associated with your browser.

Usage note

The Mp3 files accessible from this page are protected by copyright. If you want to use them as they are please contact me. However, if you want to sample from these works and mutate, permute and mutilate bits and scraps for your own creative purposes, I encourage you to do so. In the end, it's all one big project.

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