Here are my revised projects for my Major Project Portfolio submission, for my BA Sound Arts and Design, at L.C C, University of the Arts London.
To develop a multi-disciplinary portfolio exploring themes of psycho-geography and the environment, with each piece’s conceptual nucleus inspired by regional environment’s internal and external landscapes.
Utilizing sound and image to magnify and aestheticize each conceptual theme, using varied experimental compositional techniques to aurally express the social-political subtexts of each environment, with an aim to create exploratory and original composition, documentary, installation and film, that aims to transcend purely academic ambitions into captivating professional portfolio pieces.
Piece 1 - Exploring sound and food: Re-connecting the produce, producers and areas of cultivation with the eating experience through the medium of sound:
Expanding on our work last year, when in addition to each food course of a three course meal, we served acousmatic compositions using recordings of the environmental sounds of the produce used, reuniting the inherent sounds of the produce’s geographical areas with the food, to create a multi-disciplinary-sensory experiment.
We explored 3 key regional ingredients and their areas of cultivation as the conceptual nucleus of the piece; highlighting sustainability, commercial ethics and the social and economical value of championing regional traditional production.
Our aim is to re-connect the ingredient to the culinary experience sonically through phonography, interviews and acousmatic composition, to articulate each areas environmental aesthetic and socio-political subtext, culminating to a sonic-culinary three course dinner and an accompanying chronicle of the producers and areas of cultivation explored.
The project has progressed to completion of the meal/performance.
We spent 5 full days composing each courses accompanying environments in a 4 channel set up, so we can spread the sounds and create movement and depth, resulting in a more immersive experience, which was confirmed by some of the guests as very immersive.
Final Meal Post
We assigned evocative sounds such as apples falling to the ground and the skinning of a deer to a midi controller, along with each courses area information and production processes, narrated by the producer of each food: Oyster - Richard Green, Venison - Phil Miles, and Apple - Robert Payne.
We then could control when the information was played and try to get peoples attention to heighten the eating experience by not only evoking a sense of the environments, but also giving information on the produce’s habitat, cultivation process and even info on some political aspects such as Culling.
We are now are developing a 4 channel installation to include a dressed dinner-table projection, a booklet chronicling the journey from the field to the plate, and the acousmatic compositions which provided the sonic narrative, as a challenge to the public’s level of disassociation of the production process and the meal.
Due to amount of great interview material, we have now decided to additionally modify the piece to create an audio documentary of the whole process, and experimenting with a Musique Concréte inspired score, where the environmental soundscapes ebb between the diegetic and non-diegetic.
We gained support from Kent Producers consortium www.producedinkent.co.uk, and 4 Kent producers: The Whitstable Oyster Co, Godmersham Game, Pine Trees Farm and Bidden Vineyards.
We also have gained interest from the Turner Gallery, and are currently formulated an official proposal to install during an upcoming season of environmental based works.
Piece 2 - Under the spreading acorn tree: Exploring the sonic environment of a small park, articulating the hidden melodies of sonified weather data using algorithmic techniques, interpreting the internal-landscape and sociological subtext through the video-sonic.
Using the sound of a fallen acorn and the degradation of tape to challenge an interpretation of utopic surroundings, depicting the multi-cultural sanctuary like environment of the Springfield park area, with an ever encroaching cloud of capitalism, £160m Public Service cuts in the last 14 years, disenfranchised youths and increased cost of living.
Developing Project post
The piece will be a 4.1 multi-screen installation, with each screen with it’s own interactive sound and vhs degraded loop.
Under the spreading acorn tree Video degradation and FM synthesis interaction exeprimentation from Ben Kelly [Aboutface] on Vimeo.
Piece 3: Market Ecology:
Musique Concréte influenced experimental documentary articulating a conceptual interpretation of the sociological environment today, 32 years after Brixton renounced Thatcherism and rioted.
The piece was derived from an investigative process, using sound walks and binaural recordings, this induced subsequent research into Brixton socio-political past and present, developing a sense or narrative.
Following on from my similar ‘Living Beneath the rose bush’ collaboration with Steven McInerney and Stuart Heaney, using BFI owned archived film.
Future progression idea: Time permitting, I may also film super 8 a companying film, and convert to an installation that incorporates timecode to control the sound and image from a record player
Piece 4: Waves storming beneath
Also utilizing the technique from my previous piece ‘Cazenove Nigun’, by using painted representations of the environment to gesture sound manipulation, I am to utilise additional years worth of development and refinement to complete a more developed portfolio piece.
Using an acousmatic composition of stormy waters to influece an conceptual oil painted expression, with the painting gesture automating controls on a Korg ms 2000.
This has now been tested twice, a future blog entry with documentation of this will be posted shortly.
The final sound piece and artwork will be turned into a one of record, and presented with Cazenove Nigun.
Continuing Practice - Music and Performance:
Using environmental sounds to conceptually develop composition and performance.
Composition: Finishing an EP of composition Inspired from location recordings In The UK, Hungary, Slovakia, Austria and the Czech Republic, aiming for release 2nd quarter of this year.
All music based on travels from the UK through Europe and back, using each environments soundscape to influence the composition, exploring the interactions between nature, acoustic, analogue and digital
Performance: 4 hr live improv/Mix Commissioned by Arts and Music online curaters, Mitamine Lab.
Using phonography, hardware and guitar improv to sew together my original music, and some others, aiming to convey a sonic narrative of traveling:
Performance: Develop and perform A/V collaboration Kinovision & Aboutface: Following on from our prior summer performance which combines Phonograpy, live hardware and guitar improvisation, with live improvised analogue liquid projections, sharing a continual creative dialogue between sound and liquid visuals.
Example F: http://vimeo.com/78554130
Example G: Audio-Visual collaboration: