My inspiration is taken from the seminal sound artist/ experimental composer of the late 1960's, Alvin Lucier. In one of his most famous pieces entitled I Am Sitting in a Room he introduces the phenomenon and practice of recording an original section of audio in which he
describes what the piece is about and his intentions. Lucier then plays the original recording back into "the room" and records, repeating the process over and over until the "natural frequencies reinforce themselves".
This project involves remixing/redoing the same process with the addition of video with my source text being a revised copy of Lucier's and done in the digital realm. I describe my process and what my intentions for the project entail while recording myself in a talking head frame then play the audio back into stereo speakers and video into a Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) monitor while recording on a standard digital video camera with built-in microphone. I repeat this process of recording the previous recording resulting to create a 13 min piece.
Speech is slowly distorted, revealing the normally undetectable vibrations inherent in any space. The recording picks up these resonant frequencies as well
as the minute buzzing of the electronics used for audio/visual playback and recording which in our modern world is taken for granted. Each rerecording
picks up more and more of this resonance and electronic whirs affording a complete breakdown of my monologue.
The video aspect of the project repeated the same process, but with recording the replayed visuals of the original recording back on a CRT monitor. The camera
picks up what is undetectable to the eye, the scan rate where a new picture is shot from the electron gun upon the screen and records faster than the eye can consciously see giving the video its pronounced wavering bars until the camera itself cannot cope with what it records.
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