Working on video, making sound when waiting for video to render. I play with a lot of handiwork on the video and the need to render is pretty constant. But, it is time for making sounds.
Today, it started with trying to create a drone like pattern from my synthesizer, it is indeed a synthesizer but it is beat driven, using very clear bits per sequence, always divisible by 8. I get how that creates a multitude of possible rhythm combinatorics, but for creating lengthier subtle motions it is not as agile. But I shall soon have a synthesizer that includes a sequencer but is not dependent on it. This should change things considerably.
Then it was just a question of bringing in other elements.
I have amassed a huge library of samples and sounds collected since my arrival here. Each sound is representative of the place and also the moment I spent in the location I was recording. Trying to be observant, see past the advertising and see the place. And it is just as lovely.
This is a very positive experience to be here on a residency in Twillingate where I have time and space to create work. For me, I don’t really start with a big idea or plan. I have a very strong kinship to the concept that the process is the product; it is by the very fact that you make it that your express yourself, the finished product is but a reasonable facsimile of that experience. I am exploring sound art because I can invite an audience to be part of the process; there are no promises of good or bad. Just experience.
I am also including a couple of links to work-in-progress videos for this work in Twillingate. They will be projected while I perform. I a thinking of a white sheet cut into strips and each one weighted down a bit and a fan blowing on that surface. The work is not about plot lines or stories, they are simply moving paintings.
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The “secret” societies, oddly they work for good but do so with a blanket of secrecy that is really interesting. That no members have felt the compulsion to write it all down in a “tell all” book, revealing all the rituals and rites of ceremony is, indeed, incredible.
This seems so anachronistic to the open book policy our affirmative politics seem to point us towards. But again, I am drawn and fasciated with these institutions and how they manifest themselves in the oddest of places.
My Acadian upbringing in Moncton gives me a particular perspective on Orangemen, but coming to Newfounland and actually getting to commiserate with members of the order, I come to see another point of view. Not excusing past goings on but putting them in their proper context as time and place should inevitably allow us to do.