This is a short video of the premiere of my installation work Oscillations in Phoenix, Arizona. Oscillations includes 6 singing bowl robots and 4 actuated cymbals all on a wireless network and all played by a set of critters moving through a virtual environment using Brownian Motion - this creates and ever evolving soundscape that is random but appears to have form and structure. Bean bags are set up in the space so people can quietly allow themselves to be completely immersed in sound.
This new work was commissioned by the Electronic Music Foundation for the 100XJohn festival of John Cage in New York in December 2012.
EAR TO THE EARTH IN COLLABORATION WITH MA.P.S AT WHITE BOX PRESENT 100X JOHN: A GLOBAL SALUTE TO JOHN CAGE IN SOUND AND IMAGE
DECEMBER 20 – 23, 2012
The idea for this music arises from a number of visits to Bundanon in Australia, where I undertook explorations in engaging in conversations with the landscape. These conversations took several forms: ambisonic recordings of the natural environment; piano wire fixed between trees to record the sounds generated by the movement of the tree trunks in the wind (tightening and loosening the tension of the wires) and through bowing and striking the wires; and vocalisations recorded as improvised conversations with the land and the birds. These materials come together here as a prelude to an ongoing inquiry into the ways in which we converse with nature on a daily basis. And I'm playing a flute as one example of my part of the conversation