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Cross-pollination

I am lucky to have collaborated with many inspiring visual artists and musicians over the years. Our work cross-pollinated and grew in different ways. But when Jan Kather told me her student Sarah had made a tribute video to me, this was new! Thanks Sarah! Jan teaches video art and her students had to make a tribute video to a sound or video artist. Sarah’s first choice was John Cage, but in the end I won out. I have to say, that’s the first time that’s happened!

I find Jan’s video work captivating, particularly, this video — which draws our attention to how we ‘see’ women’s thighs in different epochs. In Lyric Visions, the artists respond to poetry, but Jan also responds to sound, remixing existing pieces. Finally, there is an agglomeration of word, video and sound-music. Meaning collects and pools. 

 

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Meet and Greet

This collaborative soundscape composition eventuated through video calls and audio file exchange with experimental musician/composer/artist Rangga Purnama Aji (Yogyakarta, Indonesia). His artwork appears below and the resulting piece can be listened to on his youtube channel. As I let go of some of the timbres of rave and jungle that have informed my recent electronic music, I find renewal in collaborative projects such as this, and the sonic intersubjectivities these bring to the surface.

 

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