foreigner (2017)



foreigner is a stereo acousmatic piece, made on the ELKA accordion organ to be played in complete dark. It’s structure uses a sonification of the word  foreigner to create a specific sequence of notes, in effect an arbitrary line, that are played and recorded in reverse order in adjacent pairs, using full vibrato and medium sustain. The results are precisely layered over each other, then nudged in time and mixed to explore and utilise the effects of the beatings created by the different tone combinations.  The full composition is 27mins long.

Advise use full range stereo speakers. There is nothing to watch, it is for listening.

foreigner was made for labor sonor, kunsthaus KuLe, august str. 10, 10117 Berlin and performed on 17.4.17

concept  ~ to draw a line, a border, then construct or build that line using blocks of sound. then make and attempt to move other sounds across that line from either side to explore what will happen to them as they move, then cross the line, and then when they arrive and remain.

building a line using pitches immediately creates motion by the different beatings that will be generated between the different pitches when they are played against each other. different beatings of varying rhythms whose motion is not initially predictable but that can be learned then understood so manipulated using purposeful and tiny alterations of pitch are used therefore to make the piece. also careful placement of tones in time and position in relation to each other. 

March 2017, Gottschedstrasse , Berlin.