Sequence Series: Turn Move Change | Iris Garrelfs14. Nov - 18. Nov 12 / ended SoundFjord
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Sequence Series: Turn Move Change | Iris Garrelfs
Traces in/of/with sound is part of my AHRC funded PhD research into the creative process in sound art and a series of research periods investigating the relationship between drawings and sound. The initial idea for Traces in/of/with sound lives somewhat in the land of visual music and my interest in the influence that the relationship between sound and image has on the music that is produced.
In the liner notes to Folio and 4 Systems Earle Brown (2006) talks about the connection of still images made active and temporal through movement of the eye along them and earlier in the 20th century Paul Klee transferred this principle into much of his paintings. In this vein I have been looking towards motion as one connecting device, a principle also outlined by Niall Moody (2009).
The National Film Board of Canada documentary The animator as musician: documentary, part of Norman McLaren, The Masterís Edition (Barbeau, 2005), talks about the work of one of the early exponents of visual music, in which I found the above stills. They reminded me of some of my drawings, and I found the connection with music established by Norman McLaren intriguing (Like Browne, McLaren used graphic materials to explain musical forms). Furthermore, in his book Lines: A Brief History, Tim Ingold (2007) draws attention to archetypal origins of such engagements with lines. This very much chimed with my interest in creating in a synthesis between raw humanity if you will and technology, usually expressed in my live voice / processing work. These two inspirations provided the initial impetus for the work: line drawings and improvised voice.
Initially I have been working with a film of fixed drawings and voice, and to date there have been three periods of engagement, each moving on and developing the project, and resulting in a live performance of Traces in/of/with sound. Each of these live performance in turn engendered a film, and documentation is available below. In
addition to notions of movement, other research ideas concern conceptual matters, such as frames in sight and sound, and with it related experiential aspects such as multi-screen-speaker connections, but also notions of size across the senses.
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