Archive for May, 2009

Atlantic Center for the Arts with Alvin Lucier

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

The first days of a residency at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in Florida, with composer Alvin Lucier. It’s raining hard still, and all night, wonderful sounds as it falls through the jungly leaves and gurgles in the drain pipes. I have a view out of my window onto the vegetation, it’s thick palms oaks small shrubs very green and wet and alive.

Satellite Sounders on fire in Frankfurt

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

After the first day of exhibiting the Satellite Sounders during sound walks at the Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt during the Playing the City exhibition, I took the batteries back to the hotel to charge them, and at 2.30 in the morning one exploded, causing a small fire in the room. I put the fire out using the hotel pillows and called the front desk. The firemen and police came, I shook fiercely, and the hotel offered no first aid and are now in an aggressive process of intimidating me for insurance money for damage to their furniture. What a strange ending to the Satellite Sounders.

experiments in underwater sound 2

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

Musical experiments into underwater creatures and the aqueous properties of the contra-bass flute. Part of Scorescapes. New sound works with electronics and contrabass flute played by Ned McGowan Karnatic Lab evening, Muziekcentrum De Badkuyp, Amsterdam.
The second in the series of experiments into underwater sounds, this introduces a live musician to the electronic and environmental soundworld of the first performance. The musical negotiations between two musicians using such different processes of sound production and variety of timbral possibilities became a focus. I introduced Ned to the material we would be using and the ideas behind the work including sounds outside of the human hearing range, and we worked with these ideas in an unstructured way, to create a really unusual performance.