Greetings! If you are Philadelphia this weekend (or, ya know, in the region) I suggest you come check out the Megapolis Audio Festival, part of Fringe Fest. This “delightfully weird” festival features audio walks, installations, workshops, and performances.
I am collaborating with Toby Kaufmann-Buhler on an audio walk titled “Stalking Wild Sounds.” It’s a nod to Euell Gibbons, who was an advocate for wild food foraging and wrote his famous book Stalking the Wild Asparagus in the 1960s near Philadelphia.
Our piece imagines a future where nature has reclaimed the built environment and foraging for food reigns. Participants will use a provided audio player and field guide on a self-guided 30 minute walk. The walk will start at Philadelphia Community Access Media (Philly CAM), go through the formal landscaping of Washington Square Park, and return to Philly CAM. Taking the form of a real-time science fiction, with the sounds of “alien” flora and fauna, the audience will find themselves moving through the city accompanied by the sound work that maps onto their surroundings.
Our event is free and open to the public, during select times, September 16th and 17th. Check out the Megapolis schedule for more info.
Midwestern Photo Exchange featured earcatcher, our collaborative sound-driven video project, on their blog. You can read the full story here. That was nice thing.
And our latest video is up. The theme: antihero. Like Roy Dillon.
Earcatcher: Antihero from Liz Roberts on Vimeo.
Here’s the idea.
First, put on a good pair of headphones or crank this through some good speakers. No laptop computers please for this one.
Let’s revisit the model:
I won’t be revealing this in my artist statement, but the left tank represents euphoria and the right, dysphoria, which will be reflected in the sound design. The richest material is in the extremes. Both tanks’ sound design are connected to the concept of deprogramming the brain through sensory activation (and visual deprivation). Each tank will have a speaker in the center pointed down at the participant/viewer, who is forced in a supine position in the tank. The tunnel acts as the crossfade. One could see this as a human head made large scale because of the stereo setup. Left tank left ear, right tank right ear.
This sound clip starts in the left (euphoria), pauses in the middle (tunnel), and ends in the right (dysphoria). You may or may not be able to hear the low-frequency rumbling in the right, but you will in the installation.
I plan to make this more ambient.
I will probably layer some tremolo using a cheap gypsy violin acquired during a visit to Romania when I was 15.
Recorders, flutes, guitars, synthesizers, a zither, and a mandolin may all come in to play, ebbing and flowing.
Cheers and thanks for listening. Signing off, your fearless leader of the Way Out.