Night’s Silver Egg is a phrase I picked up from Robert Graves. He writes, in his book The Greek Myths, “the Orphics say that black-winged Night, a goddess of whom even Zeus stands in awe, was courted by the Wind and laid a silver egg in the womb of Darkness; and that Eros, whom some call Phanes, was hatched from this egg and set the Universe in motion.” This brief narrative provided the spark for Night’s Silver Egg, in which I reframe a mythic creation story with my own personal experiences of the Moon’s presence.
The tides dominate our physical relationship with the Moon, which should not be surprising. Even if one does not live near an ocean, our watery bodies must surely ebb and flow under the lunar influence. In Night’s Silver Egg, I have used source material that relates to my own experience of the Moon. The visual material is primarily based around footage I shot of the tidal flow off of Crown Beach in Alameda. This is a location near my home, and which I visit frequently, often taking photographs and enjoying a kind of meditative break. I am particularly fond of the various ways that the tides change the environment, both physically and aurally, and tried to reflect this in the piece. To these filmed elements, I added several images from NASA projects, a component that reflects my long-time obsessions with astronomy and exploration. The audio is likewise drawn from several fragments of NASA recordings made during the Apollo 8 mission, which I then processed extensively before layering them into an evolving set of drones.
My audio work often stems from finding the areas where the source material and processes break down and become nearly indistinguishable from one another. I find this method useful for both getting outside my own head, and for jump-starting the alchemical process of transforming source material into something different.
I have sometimes wondered, has our scientific exploration somehow profaned the sacred lunar presence? I am not entirely sure how to address this question in all its aspects – but at its heart, through visual inversions and audio meditations, I suppose Night’s Silver Egg is an attempt at an answer, a simple form of reenchantment .
This track appears on the album Archai.