Silt, which started out as a solo sound project has been undergoing a bit of remodeling recently in that it’s no longer a solo project – I’ve asked Dexter Prior to join and help develop it into a larger project using more physical stuff and less staring at laptops. To this end we’ve been in the studio (well – my kitchen), knee deep in solder, insulating tape and ground hum. It’s been an interesting process because up until now everything’s been in my head and in order to communicate what I’ve been doing up until now to Dexter I’ve had to define (in however a nebulous way) what silt is and figure out which constraints are workarounds for my lack of knowledge or ability and which ones are important to either the identity of the project or the substance of the work.
Next week we’ve got our first gig with this new setup at a gig organised by One Finch at Chameleon in Nottingham. We’ll be supporting TG Gondard and Gael Moissonnier and I’m really looking forward to it.
Chameleon, next to Bell Inn
Thursday 11th April
I’d better go tidy the kitchen.
I just received a couple of pictures of Geometric Images installed at Lombard Method for Network Music Festival. I’ve just realised I made this work for exactly the reason that I’m now finding it irritating – it pretty much breaks the taxonomy of my website. On the surface it is neither video or drawing but to me it really could be either.
Thanks to Samuel Rodgers for the images and putting the show together.
(Open this post to hear the audio attached below.)
I’ve been asked by artist and musician Andrew Spinks to provide visuals for the gig he is promoting this Friday (15/3) at the Chameleon. Above are a couple of screen caps for Andrew’s band Sotabos and below are some frames from what I’m working on for Tray Electric. Normally I’m a bit hesitant about making “visuals” but this process has been really enjoyable. I decided I wanted to work with handmade images and so it has been about finding shortcuts for making animation without the tiresome repetition - I think that process of optimisation actually leads to interesting and unexpected results.
I’m really looking forward to the evening – The Wyrding Module is headlining and I haven’t seen him live since he released his LP on upitup, TrayElectric is experimenting with some new things and it’s Sotabos’ debut – who knows what to expect?
I’ve just finished the first of two hand painted sleeves for a new silt release. It’s a 7″ vinyl dubplate housed in a concertina of four watercolour paintings of silt or sediment. The audio is similar: side A is made from the offcuts, clips and grains of old recordings that have drifted together and collected on my harddrive – from muted guitar strings to dosbox recordings of old software breaking. Side B is a recording of human vocalisations, clicks, breath, pops and unvoiced consonants.
Below are some pictures of the assembly process.
Please get in touch if you’re interested in buying it.
Just received this in the post ready for Machinic Drift tomorrow – those squiggly lines are my voice.
I’m showing some new work next week in Birmingham as part of Network Music Festival, details below:
22 February to 2 March 2013
Opening: 21 February, 6-8pm
Network Music Festival have invited Samuel Rodgers to curate an exhibition of installation work as part of this year’s festival. Taking the notion of networking as a point of departure, invited artists Steven Dickie and Pete McPartlan have made new works encompassing video, sound and object that explore the nature of the singular within a mass and the transmission and exchange of abstract thought.
Open 12-6pm during Network Music Festival and 12-5pm the following Thursday to Saturday.
The Lombard Method
68A Lombard Street
Birmingham B12 0QR