Secret City / DOODS

First released as a limited edition cassette, Secret City was comprised of the pre-eminent DOODS audio works, Alberto Tsara’s Legends to Maps of Freedom, and Ion Van Gemsy’s Unheard History of Cyberspace.


Catalogue: SR:004
Release Date: 31 January 2001
Format: CD / Digital Album
Cost: AUD $18 CD / $8

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The Department of Ongoing Digital Situations (DOODS) identifies the city as the basis for new experiments in electronically mediated playfulness.

Tsara and Van Gemsy are joined on Secret City by Justin Time, a close confidant of the DOODS, researcher and timekeeper. Time’s disturbing violin carves through the audible space much like a school of sharks in attack frenzy.

Van Gemsy’s hidden history is a map of sonic activity occurring in parallel with significant social and personal markers identifying the public advance onto the Internet. The Unheard History of Cyberspace is dedicated to the social activists who shaped and extended the net across Asia from the late 80s to the early 90s.

Tsara’s provocative collage is comprised of sound fragments with media art luminaries such as Greil Marcus, Bruce Sterling, Natalie Jereminjenko and Craig Baldwin. The Tsara collage is an assembly of sound fragments which taken as a whole paint a picture of the strangeness of technologically mediated everyday life.

DOODS’ Secret City is more than window, it’s a map that can be read and heard, reinterpreted and judged, itemised and accounted for.


  • Created by Andrew Garton and David Cox
  • Violin – Justina Curtis
  • Mastered by Andrew Garton at The Starlight Room
  • Design by Andrew Thomas