Note: This statement is now deprecated, but I leave it here for historical interest.
For an also already out-of-date, but more contemporary, self-accounting, please see the essay Sound, Art, Music.
this work for myself. Making it I evoke particular modes of
being in the world. Memories of the circumstances of particular
recordings. Pleasure at serendipitous juxtapositions. Joy
of discovery. Hypnotism in the face of slowly changing textures
years I didn't understand what artist friends meant by process.
This project is my first serious act of artistic expression
as an adult. Doing this, I have finally learned what it means
to have process: to evolve expertise through disciplined intention.
I focus on identifying the self-imposed constraints that allow
me to make coherent work.
me is the ephemeral moment of insight and humility. It is
epiphany and private thanksgiving. Gratitude not for a thing, but for
being witness to and vehicle for creation.
is also for you, personally. What you bring to it will make
it resonate (or fail to resonate) in ways that I can encourage
but not control. I may only provide an opportunity for you
to experience something new.
have is an offer.
it, then? What is it that I think that I am doing?
I want to recontextualize the sound around you. There is beauty
and interest and emotive force in the sounds that you live
with every day. I seek to remind you to listen without judgment,
to listen with new ears, by putting a frame around some of
that sound,RIP Joseph
Cornell. If you find yourself hearing music
when you least expect it, I have succeeded.
With composition I often aim to evoke specific emotional
colors. When my conciousness is heightened (by travel, or when I am aware of engaging in my creative process,
as when wandering the city with microphones), I am more attuned
to the mercurial emotive character of the environment. I seek
to re-create for you some of these shades.
I want to provide an environment for different thoughts. Ambient,
drone, and rhythmic musics in particular, but art in general,
provides a context for my consciousness to wander in ways
I don't permit it to when struggling with the day to day.
I seek to give your thoughts space to wander through less
familiar associational landscapes while you listen.
I want to take you on a trip. Not to the landscape I visited;
those moments are gone forever. To a world we collaborate
on. I provide the soundtrack. You bring the narrative.
that I achieve some of this. I hope that I get better. I hope,
most of all, that I continue.