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
“What moves as a body, returns as a movement of thought.”
“A process set up anywhere, reverberates everywhere.”
“Concepts must be experienced. They are lived.” (Erin Manning and Brian Massumi)
Goodman, S (2010) Sonic Warfare: Sound, Affect and the Ecology of Fear. MIT
Manning. E (2009) Relationscapes: Movement, Art, Philosophy. MIT
Collins. N (2009) Handmade Electronic Music. Routledge
SZKIZ is a European exchange project for musicians and artists working at the intersection of experimental electronic music, improvisation, acoustic instrumentation and visual art. The project is based on three fundamentals: the exchange of and cooperation between musicians and artists beyond national borders, the transfer of knowledge through the development of a common practice and the social discourse on music and visual art in Europe.
The Motion in Place Platform brings together a cross-disciplinary group to develop new technologies allowing researchers to move out of the studio,to map and measure the human experience and response when moving through places.
The MiPP team uses motion capture (mocap) systems to record different forms of movement data on site. A first system developed in collaboration with Brighton-based motion-capture company Animazoo, adapted their IGS-190m, currently the most advanced inertial motion capture system on the market, for use outside a studio. Using gyroscopic sensors attached to flexible suits, this system allows the collection of high-resolution, full-body data from two people in a fixed area over limited time periods, recording, for example, the movements needed to collect water from a well.
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. narrative four
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.
Modus Arts is a creative platform exploring the intersection between sound space and body space. We are structured as a soft edged network comprised of a core team of artists and associated artists, technicians and administrators, producing a range of installations, performances and theoretical writeups.
Member of Adachi’s Group at “Speaking Out” Symposium. Tate Modern, South Bank, London
This symposium focused on the use of the spoken word in artistic practice and its manifestations in sonic and audiovisual art works. Taking the lead from the recently published anthology of works Playing with Words: The Spoken Word in Artistic Practice, this event encompasses performances, talks and conversations by artists and researchers who employ spoken words as their material and inspiration.
Contributors included Adachi, Caroline Bergvall, Dani Gal, Brandon LaBelle, Cathy Lane, Oswaldo Macià, Nye Parry, Inua ‘Phaze’ Ellams, Imogen Stidworthy, David Toop and Trevor Wishart.
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