From Memory was the final performance of Journey to the Sun, a 5 segment theatrical event exploring theater as a method of presenting scientific information created by Grin City Collective’s Culture Lab. From Memory was the final performance of the evening and was intended to encapsulate the other 4 pieces while also exploring the relationship between time, space and memory. Throughout the show’s performances, audio samples where collected in realtime to be integrated into the final audio piece. The realtime samples were then combined with samples recorded during rehearsal (using different actors to introduce the idea of misremembering) and sounds generated and manipulated by solar wind data being transmitted back to Earth from the Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory (or STEREO) satellites that are currently orbiting and monitoring the sun.
-n 1. a noisy confused place or situation.
A visual exploration of the track “Commotion” from my cassette See Also Noise. The cassette is a collection of compositions created as part of my research into the noise within the urban environment. All of the noises used in the composition were recorded in and around Los Angeles. Each track is created to explore a different synonym for the word noise.
More information about the cassette is available here:
This image is screen capture from an experiment made to visually represent an audio track. The audio being explored in this study is the track “Commotion” from my cassette See Also Noise released in 2011.
I’ve always been fascinated by the fact that the first Walkman® introduced by Sony in 1979 had 2 headphone jacks. Listening with this new portable audio playback device was intended, from the beginning, to be a shared experience with a friend.
Sharing what you are listening to is prevalent now in a variety of ways. However as a result of it being reduced to an archived timeline that unfolds in real time in a sort of “I heard it before you did and I can prove it based on my playlist archive,” the listening experience isn’t the same. It’s asynchronous and in many cases more about the breadcrumbs than the hike. The shared listening experience from those early days of the excitement of portable audio are different. The synchronous sharing of individual listening experience creates a different space entirely. It’s a different relationship to that which is being listened to but it is also a different relationship to the simultaneous listener. Looking back now that the majority of portable listening experiences are incredibly personal, it seems nostalgic to think about the 2 headphones,1 device approach to sharing music. Not just because the headphones have wires but because these devices have served a greater and greater role in separating us from the people around us, not bringing us closer. hear the rest >
I was recently listening to an interview with David Lynch for Wire magazine about his new album, Crazy Clown Time. When asked if he thought of himself as a musician, he answered “No. A musician can play the thing again.” I really identified with this as a definition. I mean, I don’t “play” anything per se but I do combine recorded noises together so I think the logic still applies, maybe even more so. Since there aren’t even any musical instruments in what I am doing, maybe the distinction is more clear than even I think it is.
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