Still working with material from my stay in Twillingate, the recent addition of a new tool has taken my work in an entirely new direction. The direction I have always wanted to go in. Slower, more transient, insistently/crashingly ambient. All my respects to Brian Eno, but I think ambience can be filled with tension. It is for me anyway, ambience is the thin line between controlled and out of control.
The Matriarch is going to play a big part in how my work moves forward. I see that already, the ability to create more expansive and flowing motions in time is what I have been looking for. The ability to formulate and transform the sound is amazing and quite natural in a strange way. As opposed to an initial synthesizer I got that was sequencer based, the Matriarch is more oscillator based with a sequence function, subtle but important difference for me.
Two new pieces today built on mostly the same samples with different synth patches and expressions.
On Sunday past, I had the opportunity/honour/privilege to perform work at the Blue Barrel Cafe in Twillingate. It wasn’t a huge crowd which made it easier on my nervous disposition but t the end of it there was a lively conversation on sound, how it can become sound art and where the idea comes from.
This is mostly the reason why I have been directing more and more of my attention to this mode of working, from inception to presentation. The response is immediate and does not require the interface of… an expert in the guise of whatever form of authority the critic takes on.
It was sheer joy to do this, I look forward to future opportunities to do this. The delay between the performance and this posting in simply due to the fact that a live stream was prevented by bandwidth, and then a subsequent need to mobilize. Hence, the “mobile production facility”, have laptop will travel.