Yesterday evening I went to the Sadie Coles gallery with Richard, who exhibited in John in Cage a couple weeks ago. We took some time with the sound installation. It compromises a wall of twenty speakers. from most distances it sounds like an overwhelming amount of white noise but with you ear close to the speaker you can hear each speaker is playing a different radio station with varying degrees of white noise mixed in. when close up it is hard to hear the white noise coming from the speaker but from a distance it is impossible to hear the radio. I asked Richard how you could send to so many different speakers.. as I’m trying to figure out the logistics of my instillation. A sound card is one way.
“The main function of a sound card is to play audio, usually music, with varying formats (monophonic, stereophonic, various multiple speaker setups) and degrees of control. The source may be a CD or DVD, a file, streamed audio, or any external source connected to a sound card input. A card can be used, again in conjunction with free or commercial software, to analyse input waveforms. For example, a very-low-distortion sinewave oscillator can be used as input to equipment under test; the output is sent to a sound card’s line input and run through Fourier transform software to find the amplitude of each harmonic of the added distortion. Alternatively, a less pure signal source may be used, with circuitry to subtract the input from the output, attenuated and phase-corrected; the result is distortion and noise only, which can be analysed.” – wiki
each track would have to be mono and split panned L & R. In foundation I used mp3 players and panned two mono tracks L & R in one mix down. At chelsea the loan store doesn’t have any mp3 players and I’m interesting in learning new ways of doing it. We also spoke about using boom boxes and walkmen with CD’s… a more physical version of the digital. I think walkmen are really interesting because the listener could walk around and leave it somewhere else to pick up another one.. perhaps through an installation of sorts. the other thing about walkmen is that they fragment the listening experience… especially if all the CD’s played at once form a composition of sorts yet the listener is unaware and can only listen to little sections. a bit like Inoperative Community. perhaps a combination of walkmen and speakers/boomboxes.
We talked about the Disintegration Loops by William Basinsink and Richards interest in physically manipulating tape to create music that could not be made otherwise. Basinsink loops a theme on magnetic film which has slightly rusted and weathered. the tapes continue to deteriorate at they run through the tape head (something i understand theoretically but not practically). as we was recording the twin towers were falling and he set the project up on his roof and filmed the NYC sky line.
We also spoke about scores, software, and the institutions of the concert hall and the gallery.
richard referenced the way this tribe ‘composes’ by having variations of theme which are looped going to get Logic off him.. Logic is apparently able to loop in a way none of the other softwares can.