Out of 7 minutes of improv on the Piano/harp I cut and pasted there sections together to make 2:40 minutes. while organizing all my files I sorted out sounds I recorded last term and found one with my voice singing one tone in an echoey acoustics. I added more reverb to it. sounds a bit to classical…. not sure if I like the sound of it all together… too much like something I would do if you know what I mean. I recorded on the over ground and I’ve got a clip of someone begging on the train and the background noise of voices talking. I also recorded the sound of the train coming in. I like the effect that this sound creates.. it is a crescendo like the sound of thunder except the sound of the train is more spacial and mechanical… I would like to use sound to create this effect without the image of the train. atmospheric sound physical sound.
David Toop recordings of shamans…
“how brutal the wrench that pulled the music out of it’s social and spiritual context and away from it’s climatic purpose. where was that disturbance or the vigour latent in the music? held in check by bureaucracy by the uneasy confluence of anthropology and entertainment”
reminiscent also of ryoji’s installation in an anechoic chamber
This was played by on of my peers in the Borderless workshop as a political collective. I like this kind of politics it is less about preaching and more about experiencing. The approach to sound is important and the idea of making non traditional sounds with traditional instruments and make traditional sounds with non traditional instruments.
Allan watts here reiterates the reading I did about signification of meaning and communications and thus music’s role in life and the necessity to play
<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/138593173″>Zimoun : 240 prepared dc-motors, cardboard boxes 60x20x20cm, 2015</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/zimoun”>ZIMOUN</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a>.</p>
I like the low tech quality of cardboard boxes with the wires neatly exposed. Sound is used here not to transmit information (words) but to create an environment. Sound is explored with a focus on it’s physical and visual implications “produced a space that promotes reflection and contemplation around cultural and social conditions.” Perhaps I am doing something similar but my work is lacking the same simplicity/non verbal communication. This way of working seems to be more subtle and subversive to me, which I like. Something to explore in future.
When I watch the short video I don’t get a clear message but to the same time knowing that the theme is cultural and social I think that the boxes are people and the cubicles we put ourselves in… creating separation. The western identity of individualism. The phrase ‘you are what you eat’ comes to mind as I am surrounded by more discourses on the relationship between people and technology. In the same way that we surrounding ourselves with synthetic materials and a throwaway approach to objects like cardboard boxes… do we become synthetic and throw away.
I watched the first half an hour that was available online. interesting the way the beginning of the film is simply discussing the film or the idea or about acting natural in front of the camera. In a lot of my recordings I played with idea of keeping the beginning parts were people ask me what exactly I’m doing or what they want me to say or wether I have any questions and then they get a bit nervous when I don’t have any exact questions or plans. It was interesting to see people frustrated by the way their life mimics a machine/production line. and then the painters who live simply and say happiness is an idea. and the way different people react when they are asked in the street wether they are happy.