Simon Reynell ‘Thoughts on Not Being a Musician’

There’s a note on the stairs:  “Things are not very good.  He refuses to eat because of diarrhoea – so juice, coffee, tea (in red canister).”  My mother’s gone to a rehearsal for an Easter performance of the St. Matthew Passion, and I’ve come back to the house where I grew up in Bradford to look after my father for the hours while she’s away.  He’s 93 and has been subject to debilitating infections for much of the past year.  He’s had trouble swallowing for some time, and from his bedroom upstairs I hear an ugly, phlegmy cough every minute or so as he tries to clear his windpipe.  His balance is poor, and several falls have left his skin marked with countless dark bruises which refuse to heal.  Intellectually he’s still pretty much there, and he listens every day to the news in French and German as well as English, but the constant ailments make him miserable and he’s ready to die. Continue reading “Simon Reynell ‘Thoughts on Not Being a Musician’”

Jason Kahn ‘Notes on Unheard Delhi’

For the month of November 2011 I was an artist in residence in Delhi with the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia and the media research center Sarai. One of my proposed projects for this residency was a continuation of my “Unheard Cities” series of works, which I’ve been realizing since 2002. “Unheard Cities” explores how we perceive urban sound environments in the form of installations, musical performances and, in the case of “Unheard Delhi,” works for radio. In “Unheard Delhi” I interviewed eight people with the question, “What is your favorite sound or sound environment in Delhi?” I recorded all the answers and then went out in the city and recorded the corresponding sounds. The resulting recordings and interviews were then mixed together for an approximately 60-minute long audio portrait of the city. I produced an earlier version of this piece, “Unheard Zürich,” in 2007.  Continue reading “Jason Kahn ‘Notes on Unheard Delhi’”

Critical Theory: A Symposium on Kenneth Gaburo

Larry Polansky, David Dunn, Warren Burt, Chris Mann.
Chair: Nate Wolley

The following discussion took place at Brooklyn’s Issue Project Room on June 22nd, 2010.  The occasion was the first “critical theory” presentation of the “Darmstadt” series which takes place throughout the year and is curated by Nick Hallett and Zach Layton.  The event itself, and the subsequent recording and transcription are brought to you by Compost and Height and Nate Wooley with tremendous help from Issue Project Room, New World Records, Pogus Recordings, and the four participants. Continue reading “Critical Theory: A Symposium on Kenneth Gaburo”

Seth Cluett ‘Tracing Moving Circles’

Whether the mark of a drawn line, the chemical imprint of light on paper, or the gathering of sound through a microphone, the mimetic act of recording – of entering traces of the world into the index of cultural and personal memory – is not itself memory, but a catalyst for imagination. Like a procession of raindrops carving away at the roof or a stream impressing itself on a stone, the persistence of recorded objects seems to strive towards permanence, both claiming and eroding space and etching a form of script on the mind.  Continue reading “Seth Cluett ‘Tracing Moving Circles’”