by Electric Indigo [audio] + TE -R [video]. Premiered at "N°1: A Phenomenology of Pop", Wien Modern 2015.
“Burry Duffman” is a piece solely based on the audiovisual deconstruction of iconic pop-hits from the year 2015. Sonically, the smallest parts possible (grains) were used to transform iconic sounds of nowadays pop to an extensive auditive scape, while being arranged in typical pop-like song structure, translated to a duration of 20 minutes. The visual counterpart picks up on this idea and employs extremely short (a few frames long) scenes, originally used as some sort of visual filling material in the corresponding videos, in an extremely time-stretched way to overemphasize stereotypes and clichés of body representations, violence and the male-female relationships of and in power, which, in the intended way, wouldn’t have met the audience’s attention.
The work can be interpreted as an examination of the influence of cultural industry on high art, an exaggeration of Clement Greenberg’s proposition that kitsch and avant-garde infiltrate each other. For all practical purposes, it is a profoundly alienated, electro-acoustic transformation of the Billboard's “Hot 100” number one chart hits in 2015 (January to November).
Electric Indigo puts this basic raw material under the microscope using granular re-synthesis and micro-sampling of the originals. She zooms into their constitutive elements and layers, edits, alienates shortest moments, completely transforms and prolongs them. On a higher level, the piece mirrors characteristics of pop music. It echoes obvious sounds and musical contrasts, which seem to be quintessential for chart hits (e. g. bombastic, cinematic intros, percussive emphasis on each second and fourth beat, predictable alternation of chorus and verse, certain harmonies) it structurally reflects the typical arrangements of the underlying songs.