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.
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.
Another one for the collection, I am starting to sense a cohesion in the work, something I can evolve into a project of a larger scope. At this particular time, I am thinking about the potential of having 100 or so copies printed on vinyl. The are services available through the hosts where I post my work, it is simply a matter of assembling enough funds to but the first 50 or something like that.
I think it would be fun and exciting to plan all the imaging and material that would be included in the package. I foresee a booklet with bits of information on this this area and the time I spent here working. I would certainly give half of the copies to the committee who would than have a physical object to offer people… from a digital festival no less.
Had a slow day today, contemplative. Something I find that is inevitable when I show work is a kind of melancholy that immediately follows it. It is as if something has now left you and time needs to be given to grieving.
I had a pretty good FaceBook show last night, I saw quite a few more viewers in my numbers than I anticipated (117 at this moment). It would still be much more comfortable if I had someone handling the video and broadcast side. Way too many buttons to keep track of!
Today was spent gathering myself, thinking more deeply about the material I have been collecting. And now, as I listen to Nurse With Wound‘s Stereo Wastelands, I realize that I must stay on this course, remain confident. Steven Stapleton, Nurse With Wound, has a unique approach using samples from popular culture and incredibly effective noises from the surroundings.