I began working with collage in 2018. Initially the idea was to produce my own album art, but after a period of research and accelerated experimentation where I made some quick decisions as to where I should spend time I've become interested in photomontage. I'm probably drawn more to photographs than photography and am particularly interested in the work of John Baldessari, Sergei Sviatchenko, Philippe Jusforgues, Gemma Anton, Miriam Tölke, Serrah Russell and others who favour the simplicity of one or two cuts alongside a deep interrogation of the image. Not to mention the many great photographers and those who write so well about their work - Susan Sontag, John Berger to name but two.
The audio files and art work for my new CD are with the publisher. A limited edition of 300 copies, Stirring Space with a Timestick is a long-form (50') electroacoustic composition, a remix and remastering of Koobi Fora Ash. You can buy it as a digital download on Bandcamp or contact me and I'll put a copy of the CD aside.
I've completed my radio play, A Grimoire of Silence (30'), for Delta Pi Productions, an Onassis Centre commission. Because the work has many discursive layers I chose to adopt a narrative approach with two voices, my own and that of fellow Borders artist Clare Watson. I say narrative but it's a slippery, fragmented, and dislocated affair. More soon towards the beginning of December when the work is due to be aired.
I'm pleased to report that my new composition, Stirring Space with a Timestick (50'), is mastered and ready for cd replication. This long-form piece reshapes and remixes some old works that weren't quite working. Nothing like a new pair of PSI Audio speakers and a DMG Equilibrium software (highly recommended) to keep you right, especially if you're dealing with multiple streams of very dense textures that occupy similar spectral territories. I took on board the many requests (and scoldings) from acquaintances and fellow musicians who've advised me for some time now to get the finger out and put my music on to cd, as opposed to waiting for someone else to do it for me. So after some paltry attempts at self-production I've started my own label, Jumblesticks Records (try finding a title that nobody else has used these days). Should be available early December. After that I'll be remastering some other earlier pieces for publication in the new year
After a year which saw two close family bereavements, I'm happy to report that I can now focus on projects both old and new. I have a new composition in the skillet along with a radio commission from the Onassis Centre in Athens, working title 1' silence.
During my self-initiated residency at Breathing Space (Jedburgh's Old Bakery), once I stopped the random experimentation I found time to sort out my live set by settling on two hand-made psalteries, metal preparations, microphones and prepared dc motors. I also recorded and filmed actions and performances for new compositional and moving image projects. Before the temperature in the space reaches absolute zero I'll be working a Revox B77 mkII and developing multichannel ideas using several channels of audio channelled through sound exciters/transducers attached to resonant objects.
My long-term collaboration with Giancarlo Toniutti is (we think) drawing to a close as the final passages of our Atlas of Instabilities are fine-tuned. The Atlas is a series of dialogues on music viewed through the lenses of anthropology, morphology evolutionary biology, cultural theory, semiology, linguistics, neurology and other fields of research which you can find out about when we get round to publication.