I've updated the documentation of the climate change data sonification project that I began in 2017. You can download the most recent update here and a copy of the Pavilion concept design package here.
not quite the sound I'm after [7:49] (2019)
electric guitar, electronics, driftwood percussion
spring steel rods, glass jars
small motors, baoding balls
not quite the sound I'm after is a change from my usual long form compositions. Perhaps it could be longer, but I want to compose an album of five or six shorter works to find out what can and can't be done with pieces of less than ten minutes or so. Not that this directs all my choices but I wonder how many people take the time these days to listen to long-form compositions. During a short self-directed residency in 2017 I learned a lot about generating interesting sonic structures and shapes by patiently activating and energising dozens of objects, devices, materials, found and made instruments inside a large space with generous acoustics. The plan is to go through those processes that worked best, to record, edit and transform the recordings and finally create new compositions. So not too much of a change from the electroacoustic method, just shorter outcomes.
Investigations into methods of stochastically activating suspended cut glass bowls (demijohns). Small motors, of the kind found in mobile phones, are run from 1.5 volt batteries, attached to wooden blocks (the black object) and suspended on springs above and to the side of the bowls. For installation or performance.
Empty music consists of three scores adapted from the words of Shunryū Suzuki in Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind. It's quite common to see scores created from zen stories, sayings, haiku and similar sources and for good reason. A lot can be encapsulated in a few carefully chosen words and the resulting music can be very interesting. These scores seem to hold some promise towards a reductive sparse music for one or more players.
Here you'll find details of the day-to-day, nitty gritty stuff that goes on in my world: processes, methods, experiments (including failures), research, drafts, sketches and observations on sound, music, guitar, improvisation, experimental film-making and photography. Oh and people, they're the most important of all.
Reflections on processes, methods, experiments (including failures), research, drafts. Sketches and observations on sound, music, guitar, improvisation, experimental film-making, photography and people