Nhoj Elocin is a collaboration of John Ferguson and Nicole Carroll. This project builds on artistic research from 2017 that revolved around the improvisatory exploration of mobile technologies and use of algorithmic complexity as catalyst for new instruments: Mobile Noise Rig (MNR) and Byzantine. In 2018 these instruments developed through various stages of software refinement, but both artists de-emphasised the role of algorithmic complexity in favor of a tactile approach that foregrounds analogue-electronic technologies. The overall goal is to blur noise music, contemporary computer music, and groove-based pop forms.
In 2018 resistive/capacitive ‘touch’ and light sensitive electronics has to come to the fore of this collaboration. For John, this has meant the embracement of self-made bespoke instrument from 2015 (Analogue Revolutions) and the development of new instrument (HST1d), which he performs alongside MNR. The use of analogue-electronics and digital mobile devices simultaneously furthers his development of post-digital practice. In 2017 Nhoj Elocin celebrated the non-repeatability of improvisational performances, in 2018 the duo has explored the role of improvisation in music that has a fixed form and specific event timings. Overall, this project aims to contribute a unique perspective on the compositional and performance-based possibilities of post-digital practices.
The first 1'35'' of this AV documentation has been removed as during the introduction John was relying on the in-built speaker of HST1d, which balanced well in the room against the quadraphonic PA system that surrounded the audience. However, the audio recording was made 'straight to stereo' and the level balance favoured the direct rather than 'in the room sound', which led to a very unbalanced audio recording during the introductory section of the work.