Playing tracks by
Martha and the Vandellas and Falco.
The potentially destructive consequences of so-called ‘free’ transatlantic trade are represented by using one American and one European sound artefact. Both are sent from one stereo channel to the other again and again as a metaphor for being shipped across the Atlantic. The artefacts are quotations from pop songs that used to be successful export commodities in their day: Dancing In The Streets by Martha and the Vandellas, a classic from the Motown label that was also very popular in Europe in the 1960s, and Rock Me Amadeus by Falco, one of the very few European productions ever to reach number one of the US pop charts. Added to this is the sound of the Atlantic, recorded in the Azores, about halfway between America and Europe.