Sound Performance with Gisle Froysland. Piksel
Audio-Visual Installation / Live A-V Performance
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12th September 2012: Scheune Schall, Stommeln (performance)
11th September 2012: Die Alter Feurwache, Cologne (performance)
12th-15th July 2012: Rundgang , KHM Cologne (installation and performance)
28th June 2012: Metasonic@ IPA, Lisbon, Portugal (performance)
Trio with Wajid Yaseen and John Hegre, Metasonic Festival, Lisbon, Portugal
4-channel spectral improvisation with Joel Cahen and Wajid Yaseen
CHIESA DI SANTA EULALIA (Istituto Cervantes), Via Argenteria Nuova 33, Palermo
These images document an emerging methodology for working with situated sound recordings (a term I prefer to field or environmental recording – perhaps phonograph is preferable). I do not consider these digital files to point backwards in time towards some imagined documentation of a contingency typified by excess. They do present some trace of dynamical spectral activity. Such activity I understand to occur both in the frequency domain and also a mythical, haunted domain of lack, loss and absence.
The spectrograms, while found useful when dealing with many recordings of various duration, are of course an abstraction of the sound itself – they do however present, by this very abstraction, a playful means of re-rendering the recorded sound into something other.
This performance, as part of the Opensound project also suggested to me to explore a means of realtime 4 channel spatialisation using FLOSS tools. This performance was my first live experiment using a mashup of TouchOSC/PD/Ableton to move though an recombinatory 4 channel matrix of the spectral abstractions
a view of the water’s surface as the membrane of a primitive conciousness
the body of water begins with relative stillness
organic materials decomposing
the sound of rain from high above
wind creating ripples and waves
the seasonal freezing and melting of the water – transformations from liquid to solid and back again
life, as yet is unknown in this environment
the volume of water increases and decreases related to icemelt, daily evaporation, and flow into and out of the pond
a primitive lifeform struggles into exisitence, spasms into beingness, twitches, pulsates in irregular, unregulated beingness
it begins to increase in complexity,though remaining highly simplified. neural links connect matter, and unanimated matter, becomes imbued with life. a cellular lifeform comes into being.
on the other side of the pond, a similar process occurs, but an all together different life form is generated. it slowly becomes self-aware
lifeform 1 in coming into existence, betrays its location to lifeform 2. how does it react? does it attempt to conceal itself? does it attempt to communicate? does it attempt a violent confrontation? which is hunter. which is prey? lifeform 2 must also react? co-modulation of behaviours. co-evolution. in this way a neural connection between seemingly distinct entities contribute to the emergent conciousness of the pond as a whole.
following the resolution of the issues outlined in narrative three, a further life-form comes into being. more complex. the next generation of life in the pond. how does its apperance affect lifeforms 1 and 2? how does it change their relationship?
a contextual cataclysm – a flood / a drought. all life comes to an end.
Inspired and dedicated to David Dunn.
Building Sound is a project instigated by Ella Finer and Fabrizio Manco, PhD candidates at Roehampton University, London.
The Building Sound symposium took place at the Olivier Stalls Foyer, National Theatre, Southbank, London, SE1 on Friday 5th February; 1pm-4pm.
Ella Finer and Fabrizio Manco each chose a selection of speakers to come together and describe what sound means to them; to provide an interdisciplinary hearing and sharing of ideas and definitions, leading to an open discussion.
Simon Fisher Turner
Mariella Greil and J Milo Taylor