All Work and No Play as presented at Kinetica 2013. As a drone piece this was very popular with sound art and electronica fans (though not to all tastes; a reporter from the Telegraph proclaimed 'sounds awful, like I've died and gone to hell!'). Originally this was borne of a frustration from seeing sound performers 'rock out' to their own thing, far too much emphasis on one person's ego and I wanted to reclaim the experience for the audience! I was also really keen to develop these picture format kinetic pieces. I have my own back story to the piece but I prefer not to rattle on about concepts here :-)
Musically this started off with a gentle musical intention, producing harmonic drifting tones akin to Tangerine Dream's 'Zeit' and overtone singing, but I re-tuned it for the show to speed it up and 'harsh it up' because at a busy show people don't tend to stay with a piece unless it captures attention fast. Given the right site this piece can work with very gentle sound, shifting excruciatingly slowly, which makes the peaks even more lovely.
This has been a helpful contrast to last year's work Clunky Drummer which was very accessible in picking apart the generative sound and motion. I'm keen to combine rhythm with tonal aspects in further picture pieces to bring these exploratory sounds to a broader audience, i.e. not to be constrained to a sound art audience, but to bring the same focus on into arts and music in general.
Materials: LEGO Technic, Doepfer DIY synth, stripped pedals (Electro Harmonix Freeze, Behringer delay and headphone amp).