Kwik Picks 02
Some Recent Additions to Sonus.ca
Concordia University, Montréal
Up close – from further away (2004) — 10:11
Keyword(s): acousmatic, exploration of the object
High acousmatics. Layers of flowed textures and transformations in the new digital transformation mode. Surfaces of sounds pull and baffle. Moderately dense throughout, the ear follows sinewed layers through simultaneous layers. The gestures imply change and stasis – voices not quite heard, not quite realized. In continuous evolution.
L'inénarrable nout (2002) — 17:47
Keyword(s): sonic transformation, acousmatics without the acoustic
Pay attention! The surface is part of the receding background. Sounds transform and reveal details, and the details transform into new views. This extended work blurs the distinction between texture and gesture as sound objects draw attention to themselves to reveal that behind is … Pay attention, there is so much to be heard! And the sound quality sets standards.
Noyade-en-magma (2001) — 10:07
Keyword(s): sonic transformation, voices?
Are these the voices of ancient and distant aliens thrown about in spheres within spheres? A select pallet of sounds of shifting densities and perspectives. Listen closely as the one voice is the many, and the many are just one. A quasi-narrative is revealed, and its meaning is …
Martin John Callanan
Keywords: ambient, drone, installation
Settle in. Be wary of level jumps between pieces
03: setting the tone; dronebuzzflutter; slow change; grryyyzyzyzzryryyyzry
05: light - high, wooooa-wind and sissssle … quiet processes of microscopic and unpredictable change … sometimes winds, sometimes tiny insects, sometimes my tinnitus
07: the sawmill
"...calling to pump you up" (2004) — 4:31
Keywords: text, social commentary
As if from some other planet (the USA??) as if from some unknowable time in the future when a muscle-bound California movie star (no, not Regan!) will call you at home, leave a message and wish you to “Have a nice day.”
Invisible Vectors (2005) — 6:03
Portraying ADD (attention deficit disorder), the harmonica sounds wander into becoming a mind-pulling train, and the sudden shifts restart the fascination again. Each pull back to temporal reality is but the resetting of the process of inner play.
Language (2003) — 6:27
Keywords: vocal, exploration of the object
Vocal sounds, of all types and forms, fun for the whole family! Think of the kids' drinks and straws, gross me out!, gran'ma’s wet kisses, Donald Duck imitations and a plethora of cartoon-like situations.
By Rote (2005) — 40:00
Keywords: improvisation, collage, softrock/jazz, sectional
Mixed electronic / instrumental semi-minimalist improvisations, quietly (a)live. Somewhat soft rock / jazz based interludes, or are they the main sections?
Bruit (1998) — 10:02
Short Wave Fantasy (1999) — 17:08
double exposure (2001) — 9:00
In Broken Images (2004) — 17:22
Trace Element (2004) — 14:52
Keywords: texture, layers, glitch / noise, installation
Five movements from a six part Cycle of Noise (1995-2004), the first is for solo violin. Textural washes and broad frescos, movements have their own densities and gestural types. Try playing 2, 3 or more together for a broad collage of shifting panoramas. While braid in conception, gesture and scope, there is continuing attention to detail and microstructure. The sounds continually draw the ear inwards. Lyric more than narrative.
my definition of power/intro remix (2005) — 2:59
Keyword(s): remix, collage, text, scenario
It’s the beat, there’s a story assembled from others’ words; a social statement at many levels.
Grip Radio: A Specific Scandal (2000) — 31:42
Keyword(s): radiophonic, text, scenario, radio dramatization
Recorded live, a pun-filled, loosely satirical (re)view of parts of Canadian history (and the present). Sit back for a giggle or two.
Help Children if Necessary (2005) — 13:41
Keyword(s): text, textsound
At the crossroads of textsound composition and the worlds of sonic arts, a linear-type montage. The strength lies in the range and subtlety of processing, combined with a decisive sensitivity to timing and microgesture built around exiting (english) language and text
Killing Fields (2005) — 5:16
Keyword(s): audio documentary, radiophonic, text, narrative
The primacy of the word, text in the central role of communication. Thick words with simple layers of guitar picking, which act as bones and connective tissue. A simple response to incomprehensibility.
Keith De Mendonca
Electromagnetic Journey (2005) — 3:03
Keyword(s): sonification of physical activity
I am sitting in a subway, not like the one you are sitting in. I have a coil in my hand that picks up the electrical variations from the electric motors. These ‘sounds’ are all around us, waiting to be brought into hearing. One thinks of shortwaves and Northern Lights.
Some Sort of Dark Force (2005) — 4:59
Keywords: radiophonic, text
The word is the center, the verbal message is the muscle. Linear narrative; personal social commentary. Basic manipulations, but never loose the word. the word is the center.
Penn Kemp; Bill Gilliam et al
Night Orchestra (2000) — 3:23
Keywords: radiophonic, textsound composition
Playing words, playing sounds, a hectic nightscape. Poet as soundpoet. >From concrete to abstract, with pacing and form driven by textual considerations. First is the word, with sonic decoratives.
Montréal, 2006–II–18; V-30