Current 391 recordings
The members of 391 have their grounding in the visual arts, and have always brought these sensibilities to bear when working in the medium of sound, rather than employing any sort of "musical theory". They have described their approach as being a blending of Marcel Duchamp's technique of using "readymade" objects with Salvador Dalí's "paranoiac-critical" method of developing several concepts simultaneously. In the 1980s, this meant collecting lo-fi cassette recordings from radio, television etc. (391 termed these bruits trouvés, or "found noises") and fiddling about with razor blades, splicing tape and metre-long loops of ¼-inch recording tape. The recent rebirth of 391 into a world of software sequencers, digital recorders, MIDI and the Internet has led to the development of their sonic vision to an infinite degree.
391's auditory artefacts are free of copyright (although their liberal
use of bruits trouvés no doubt infringes on countless
other copyrights) and are distributed in line with the Free Music principle
(i.e. any money charged is only to defray the production costs of the
medium - no profit is made).
Currently available 391 recordings are: