exist-ence 5 international festival live art performance art action art
Max Fowler-Roy "Room Without A View"
with Tim Green, Adam Park, Henry Mills, Rachael Archibald, Nicola Morton, Matt Earle
Site specific free improvisation
Recently in my own musical domain I have been considering the role of a space on sound and the way it propagates in the parameters of different structures. So far my consideration has stretched as far as the purely physical aspect of spatial response and influence, and I plan to continue in this vein, however I thought it would be fun to try a more communal, inclusive approach to this by sounding a space in the company of a number of different people each with instruments and allowing them to input sound in the structure, see how their input responds to the space, and then perhaps they will begin to include the extra dimension of other individuals, each lost in the same world.
What I find amazing about sound is, although it is a form of energy humans relate to and perceive in an abstract fashion (through hearing), it’s properties are rather like those of a liquid, and responds to physical structure in a similar fashion. By basic analogy you could say a space could be a considered a vessel which can contain sound.
I feel that consideration of ones external environment is a very important part of music. Having an awareness of what is occurring beyond ones body, and in turn how an individuals input effects what is outside their immediate zone of consciousness, is a mindset that can be applied to other aspects of life, because, this mindset allows one a better understanding of their influence and roles, based on how a whole, infinitely complex system of interaction, on all levels, occurs.
There is a space in South Bank that I feel would lend itself to an activity that could send the participants on paths of thought that are related to or connected to the concepts laid out in previous paragraphs. The place I have in mind is a pedestrian underpass, a rectangular tunnel with openings at either end for ingress and egress, and this is where we could play.
I do not think it would be too out of order for me to ask that no generators be supplied by any of the participants, as the instruments involved need to be portable. Battery powered devices are fine. I feel that by playing predominantly acoustically, or with speakers whose output allows the individual to match the volume of an acoustic instrument with electronic instruments is a great way to develop a sense of the surrounding physical structure, as your instruments output is not produced in an artificial, self contained cavity such as an amplifier, and it also increases reliance and awareness of others who are there in the space at that moment with you.