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'toxic waste' toxic waste
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bordun chorus

2016
non-durational live generative
quadraphonic sound and video installation

 

 

10 minute audio-visual recording of ‘bordun chorus’, four channels converted into stereo

 

‘Bordun Chorus’ is a non-durational live-generative environment with no beginning, end, or in the traditional sense progression. It rather exists, for the time of its performance, in an ever-changing state of subtle transformation. The constantly renewing structure of the work thus defies repetition in favour of self-similarity, and strives towards the simplicity and impermanence inherent to natural organic environments. Within this approach resides the work’s transitory uniqueness of the moment.

harmonic environment installation

Installation at Cafe Oto Project Space, to launch the release of 'bordun chorus' with Resterecords, 2016, London, UK.

Defying a distinct tonal centre, the drone structure of ‘bordun chorus’ is based on the frequency relations of the harmonic series. While the work inhabits a simple tonal scale in just intonation, the slow drawn-out notes develop primarily through a varying emphasis on their overtones. As the fundamental physical building blocks of musical language, harmonics or overtones are responsible for the distinct character of a sounding note as well as their perceived pitch. The shifting manipulation of individual harmonics within the played notes of ‘bordun chorus’ thus leads to the dissolving morphing quality within the sonic texture of the work.

This deconstructive approach toward tonality is reflected in the visual manifestation of the work. The underlying steady structure of the

image is displaying a restrained multi-layered approach in its progression. Transformation appears within localised individual parameters of the visual pattern, without ever truly altering the overall static arrangement. The rising and disintegrating quality of this mysterious fluctuation is thereby underlining and complimenting the fragmented unity of its audible counterpart. The drifting emergence of ‘bordun chorus’ timbre and texture, focus and shade, is not however disconcerting. It rather invites the spectator to submerge in the meditative tranquility of its audiovisual composition.