This composition demonstrates how physical boundaries are easily broken and betrayed by sound’s ability to transcend consecutive time and solid structures, refracting time and space.
The journey begins on NYC subway platform where the particulate rhythms and melodies of the subway swarm with the notes and beats of subway musicians.* Once boarded and on the train, the ambient is quieted and encapsulated…until you are let off, far from the city, where the barren trees hold steady, absorbing a cold winter rain.
Suggestions for creating the best listening environment for this composition:
Many of the composition’s sonic textures will be lost if played through the tiny tinny speaker your computer or mobile device. The best way to listen is through headphones. It can be a challenge to capture the spatial qualities of a sound piece like this one through the rigid environment of computer and and mobile screens. I’d rather play it for you in a gallery space or even through your own sound system in your home, an environment that would allow the sound to travel through a quality speaker, then through space before arriving in your ears.
POWER AND GROUND
Where and When
- Audible Observations, Ethnograpic Terminalia, San Francisco, California, 2012
- Marin Country Day School, California, 2010
- The Mission Arts & Performance Project, Rosie’s Cheeks Garage, San Francisco, 2009
- Vernisage, Fort Mason, San Francisco, 2009
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How we as individuals and cultures define what is natural is very much related to the core beliefs we hold about ourselves and the world we inhabit. What is “natural” is what we often perceive as what is right, just as what is “natural” is often what we perceive as not human or human impacted. This contradiction calls into question our daily routines and behaviors that impact the world we live in right now – are we behaving naturally?
POWER AND GROUND observes daily routines of the urban environment, and considers this environment a natural world. This natural world is made up of interdependent systems of humans, money, machines, the elements, flora and fauna. It explores the shifting negotiations of natures and cultures in San Francisco in 2009.
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