Bees Please Me is a compilation of the small projects that have come across my desk over the past few months. It’s a pop-collage album that includes some music collage tracks (see Counting), sad loop making (see The Stain), the standard fair of npr docu-collages (see Screaming in the Darkness), and some selects from interviews past (see Alien Base).
New project release: The Eye Tapes. I’m calling it a docu-sound collage, it’s an exploration of the eye as an object. Inspired by an interview I conducted in the summer of 2017 about the experiences of eye surgery and ultimately composed a wandering journey through that interview while getting lost in all its tangents.
I’ve uploaded a new short audio sketch. This is from my recent preoccupation with exploiting verbal ticks and nervous laughter to play with rhythm and pacing (see Channel Loop Circle).I’m also starting to use some of the aesthetic techniques from these small sketches to construct larger, more complex stories and audio documentaries. Listen for them in 2018… until then, enjoy Crooked.
Voices and audio in this piece were pulled from a few unrelated interviews and field recordings I’ve done over the years.
A short audio sketch from a recent series of interviews I’ve been (slowly) working through. It may turn into a longer piece or series of remixes but, for now, it sits alone as a two minute meditation about circular thinking, looping actions and verbal ticks.
Cover image is a photograph depicting the work of artist Ari Eshoo
“.. the eye becomes a small space when everything is focused on it, when there are people… cutting it open…”
Space of an Eye is a few things;
Physically, it’s a camera tracking your eye movements and projecting it back to you. Allowing you to affect what you’re hearing based on what you’re looking at. Maintain a steady gaze and you hear a single voice recounting his experiences with eye surgery. As your eye drifts across the screen, so does the audio. The further away from the center of your eye you look, the more the sounds break apart. Tales of the religious, the medical, the physical experiences of eyesight and eyeballs are peppered throughout.
Conceptually it’s about the physicality of eyes, about what it means to see and what it means not to. It’s about the boundary between what you see and what sees the thing you see.
And personally, it marks the beginning (of a long coming) collaborative effort between Stuart Lynn and myself to create fun, strange, interactive sound things.
Space of an Eye appeared as part of Bushwick Open Studios Seeking Space, 2017. An online version of the project is in the works.
Last week my piece Migraines & Tsunamis was featured in an episode of Constellations. Constellations is a new podcast curated by Jess Shane and Michelle Macklem and features experimental producers and strange sound-works from around the world. Find the piece along with a brief interview online at Constellations Audio.
I’m thrilled to have been featured and have appreciated the variety of responses to the piece. Sometimes it’s nice to know someone is listening. Looking forward to hearing whatever else they may find to air.
In response to the piece, Bello Collective wrote:
“…. It’s about forecasting, and it’s about knowing something is going to happen and being powerless to stop it. A compelling listen, especially in this hurricane season.” (full response)
A few years ago I started piecing together short segments combining archival audio and my own recordings. The practice was originally, just that: practice. A way to cultivate my own mixing skills and play. I produced some terrible things (really.. unlistenable), some decent things, and some very successful pieces. Now, I’ve decided to start uploading these montages to a special soundcloud account: Collective Bargaining.
For an introduction listen to About Practice, which is a descriptive collage about collecting and constructing.