a mind divided

Hot on the heels of Friday’s trumpet spazz out, I managed to get my head together today to build, perform and record the sound element for an installation piece I’m working on. I’m actually physically bringing all the elements together to exhibit this week and will hopefully be able to film or photograph it in some way that communicates is half decently.

In the meantime, and very much a product of the creature known as Erstlaub (it definitely turned out a bit more sinister than intended), here is the soundwork. Built and recorded in one sitting with the G2 and the first time I’ve used my DD20 and RE201 pedals in that context for ages, it felt nice to be back in familiar territory and that I’ve not lost my knack.

Here is an attempt at explaining the wider project.

“A Mind Divided is a piece that deals with the concept of awareness of time and physical space along with the more psychological and spiritual resonances that environments can hold.

An apparatus was built using two mirrored surfaces fixed at 90 degrees to each other which could be tripod mounted. The apparatus was used in conjunction with a camera to, using the law of refraction, record information from three directions in a single capture.

By reversing this process, the same apparatus is used with a projector to allow the image to be split up and projected as the three discreet elements in different directions. A box that houses the apparatus, and works as a screen, has been conceived and manufactured specifically for this purpose.

The soundtrack has been presented in a neutral form and runs on an asynchronous loop to the visuals in order to randomise the flow and allow viewers to experience their own take on the piece based on the combination of visual and sound components they witness rather than one imposed directly by the artist.”

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