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The piece seeks to explore the relationship between words as phonetic sound objects and words as semantic, communicative devices, as well as how changes in dramatic action and speech affects the audience's perception of the acted-out role or 'character.' Some devices I am interested in using have to do with phrase repetition– where continuous repetitive utterances transfer the listener's attention back and forth between a word's meaning and a word's phonetic qualities; sentence deconstruction– where a phrase is deconstructed to individual words, then to syllables, then to individual letters, then reconstructed back again; speech with character change– the alteration in sound quality that the phrases take on based on the different dramatic 'characters' the actor embodies and the way the visual and auditory acting devices affect the audience's perception of repeated phrases; character juxtaposition– the investigation of the aesthetic of drastically juxtaposed rolechanges and quick emotional shifts and the way in which that affects how audience engages with the actor's character.
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Performed at Tanna Schulich Hall in Montreal, QC by William Owen Bennett in March 2015.
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For Carl Jung, the ocean is an archetype that symbolizes the vastness of the unconscious mind. He writes, “the ocean is the favourite symbol for the unconscious, the mother of all that lives.” The ocean-image as associated with primal, pre-conscious life is also found in Greek myth, which expresses that life emerged from the sea, the mother of all creation. In the way of Shamanism, drumming is used to induce a range of trance states through repetitive rhythms, serving as a conduit for navigating the multi-layers of the psyche. In this altered trance state one may experience “journeying” to other realms, filled with vivid imagery, symbols and spirits. ;,, ;, ',, ,',,'', ,' ,',',,, ' journeys into the subconscious or deep self as expressed in western psychology, and the “Lower World” as expressed in Shamanism. ;,, ;, ',, ,',,'', ,' ,',',,, ' is an exploration of percussive and electronic sonorities, rhythms and colors and their relationships with visual rhythms and colors – images of the sea, nostalgic memories and thought fragments – to investigate “journeying” practice, and traversing the vast, torrential waters of the mind and the subconscious.
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Produced through the generous support of the I-Park Inc. artist residency program in June 2017.
WOCMAT 關於International Conference on Computer Music & Audio Technology – National Chiao Tung University (NCTU), HsinChu City, Taiwan - December 2018
Applause Music Festival; Mansfield, TX - July 2018
ECHOFLUXX 18; Prague CZ - May 2018
Los Angeles Emerging Artist’s Festival; Los Angeles, CA - February 2018
National Student Electronic Music Event (NSEME); Denton, TX - June 2018
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*Video was taken from found family footage, a collection of super-8 film shot in the 1970s by the composer’s grandfather, compiled, edited, and processed by the composer.