Release: The Eye Tapes

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.

 

New Sketch: Crooked

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.

 

New Sketch: “Channel Loop Circle”

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

Space of an Eye

“.. 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.

 

Migraines & Tsunamis on Constellations Audio

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)

Something about Truth and Space

Seven minutes about truth and the feeling of rooms. Part of a collaborative project to practice mixing by creating some small thing each month.

Collective Bargaining

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.

 

 

Migraines & Tsunamis

This is a non-narrative (but highly descriptive) segment about the prelude to suffering. It’s a play on expecting pain, on remembering pain and on the scales of suffering. Going through the warning signs of a tsunami and the nervous anticipation of an impending migraine. Part audio diary, part collage and part soundscape.

 

Drawback

Before a tsunami hits the shoreline retreats and the sea folds back revealing the ocean floor. In 2004 Mahad X stood outside of a mosque in Xaafuun Somalia and watched the drawback three times. He watched as each of these retreats push the shoreline further and further back. First half a meter…. four meters….. and finally six meters.

476 BC: a Persian army marched onto an uncovered seabed, believing the ocean had unfurled to allow access to the besieged city of Potidaea. They never made it.
365 AD: one historian described “the sea [being] driven away, its waves were rolled back and it disappeared so that the abyss of the depths were uncovered.” He goes on to write about the fishermen who hopped from their boats to collect the drying fish and oysters caught in the mud.

Youtube videos shot on cellphone cameras show tourists marveling at the drawback near Phuket, Thailand during the Indian Ocean Earthquake and Tsunami of 2004. They walk out into the absent surf, unaware of what’s to come. These tourists are witnessing ripples from the same event Mahad watched from the mosque in Xaafuun well over three thousand miles away.

The largest recorded Tsunami occurred in 1958, striking three fishing boats in Lituya Bay, Alaska. Before the wave, a nearby lake dropped 100, feet water escaping from fissures opened by an earthquake.

Prodrome

Pain is deeply personal. From Communicating the experience of Pain by G.D. Schott: “… Attempts to truly describe pain indeed appear as difficult as they are frustrating, yet the need to communicate is overwhelming.” Oliver Sacks once described his patients as “full of metaphors” conjuring hurricanes, klein bottles, and presenting grand images in place of externally perceivable symptoms.

In the heat of my own migraines I cling to imagery. Jumping from association to association, turning an unseen experience into an imagined body horror rich in visceral, carnivalesque narratives. To me, this descriptive exercise can represent, can distract from and can sometimes supersede the pain itself. In these moments I see fissures opening at the nape of my neck, bones pushing through my skin, dried spaghetti breaking against the inside of my skull…  But before the migraine begins, before the imagined violence, I confront the possibility of a migraine through a series of subtle hints.

It’s different for everyone, but for me it’s a series of retreats. My mouth dries, my interests fade, my mental state drifts away. The dryness acts like a kind of drawback before a tsunami.  These are the prodromal symptoms, the natural warning sign for what’s to come.

 

 

This segment also includes original interviews and recordings, construction + archival/found audio. Find a Youtube playlist containing many of the sampled videos and some of those that didn’t make it into the segment. 

The World: A Playlist

Some border-less listening options.

  • Radio Aporee  – A map of the world through field recordings, sound-art and boundary-less collaborations. Radio Aporee is many things so for an introduction start with the map.
  • Radio Atlas  – English subtitled podcasts and audio stories from langues around the world (but mostly Europe).
  • Studio Puckey’s Radio.Garden for listening to radio stations around the world