summer solstice, Bay Area luminary Sarah
Cahill curates the Garden
of Memory, a unique event held in Julie
of the Chimes columbarium in Oakland.
of musicians and sound artists perform and build sound installations
in a maze of small galleries, gardens, and interlocking stairways.
The experience of the space is genuinely magical; skylights
and frosted windows and stained glass allow the setting sun
to flood small galleries with golden light. The environment
is remniscent of (if more wholesome than) the Victorian arcades
of the Brothers
the silent ashes of thousands of people are honored, for a
single night, with music and the laughter of children excitedly
exploring the halls. It's my favorite sound event of the year.
I participated by creating The Other
Side, a four-channel site-specific installation tucked
away in a small antechamber. (And I subsquently returned).
the other rooms
the other side
top of the world
what the thunder said
san francisco sauvignon
would you, would you?
with Desert Sun, the other
installation I worked on during the summer of 2005, I found
my clearest response to a profound location to be a very literal
itself was quite minimal. Four speakers played two slightly
desynchronized copies of a simple stereo soundscape, creating
an oddly dislocating if otherwise unmanipulated soundscape.
Analog signal generators contributed heterodyning sine waves:
pure unchanging tones piercing the heart of the disintegrated
recording at the center of the piece was chosen to reground
the visitor in where they were. Identified by a small note
in the space, it documented a human body being ritually cremated
on a funeral pyre at Harishchandra Ghat in Varanasi (Benares),
an ancient holy city on the Ganges.