Fresh Unruly Beast – manipulated field recordings composed for Barbara Adler‘s touring Speakers.
Album link includes the original field recordings.
This project made extensive use of the fantastic Forester tool by Leafcutter John.
We held the 2nd Vernal Equinoctial Experiment on March 20, 2023 at Gabriola Island’s Agi Hall.
Matt Rogalsky presented some current work about “using field recordings in improvisation, in terms of inspiration from the “Honourable Harvest” of Indigenous food gathering.” and performed an audiovisual composition in which he improvised in collusion with a thawing lake.
and THRUMS sang the spinning wheel
Most of the most important things are things we rarely notice.
The continual living action of everything in the world around us holds an endless music.
THRUMS – live manipulation of the act of weaving on a 4 shaft counterbalance loom
Ash in the Time of Ash – live manipulation of a recording of the act of cleaning a domestic woodstove in preparation for the onset of winter
Field 3 – manipulated field recordings from Good Earth Farm
Kandy Traces – reimagined sounds of a busy intersection in Sri Lanka
A scanline moves across the moving image and the pixel values drive banks of tuned oscillators. Signal values are used to drive brightness/contrast/saturation parameters on the video feed. Effect chains on the oscillator banks are likewise altered by the parameters of the sound, which feeds back into the video.
Recent noisy noise for troubled times and uncertain futures
After the cookies were baked and the rants were ranted it was time to tear down and relocate to the projection site.
From 9 to midnight I manipulated field recordings taken from various locations around the island – including recordings of the Quinsam, a trip to the grocery store, and a trio of pileated woodpeckers foraging in my yard.
The audio was accompanied by video generated by a Jitter patch I wrote. The patch takes the audio and uses it to generate colour information and deform some simple geometry.
The debut of an episodic, semi extemporaneous anarchist cooking program:
Every Cookie Is A Tiny Fist Raised Against the Dismal Edifice of Babylon
- 144 Cookies
- secret knowledge
- Bhakti Anarcho-Pragmatism
- Love & Rage
- a clean kitchen
The performance ran 5 times over the course of the afternoon to crowds of various sizes. Everyone enjoyed the cookies – maybe the anarchism will catch on as well.
the Cinnamon Clinamen Liberty Biscuit (a cookie for all occasions)
- 100g coconut oil
- 180 g brown sugar
- 200 g whole wheat flour
- 1 egg
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- pinch salt
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp chai spice
The baking itself was done on a barbecue. A few bricks under the cookie tray keeps the cookies in a flow of hot air and undermines the brute banality of the systems which would deprive us of a nuanced incarnation.
- cream together warm oil and brown sugar
- add egg
- mix dry ingredients
- gradually add dry to wet
- form cookies
- cook for 7 to 10 minutes, depending on barbecue
- while the cookies bake, chant the mantra of king shark
My Name Is Trixie. I Like To Party.
So this is a thing:
Actually two things.
I’ll be barbecueing cookies (probably vegan cookies) and processing the sounds of cookie production, accompanied by brief musical interludes and some little chats about love and rage and memetic contagion.
On Saturday evening we will gather in the shining place and chant the mantra of King Shark.
some material from the current state of the harvest. artisanal thump.