tessera: (noun) a small block of stone, tile, glass or other material used in the construction of a mosaic.
dirty grooves (2003) is part of a series of works that employs short articulated blocks of sound material as a formal process. The composition of these blocks into longer structures reveals an impression of a specific place, subject or idea.
The starting point for this work is noise, specifically the extraneous or usually unwanted noise associated with the various media used for the playback of sound. The crackle of vinyl before a track begins or after it ends, electrical hum, tape hiss, radio interference, digital noise, static and clicks all bring into focus the mechanics of the medium and its potential to obstruct or interfere with the message. Here the message or ‘tune’ is derived from another mechanical music maker, the clockwork music box. Throughout the piece this primary material interacts with or introduces, through purely sonic associations, additional concrete material and so widening the scope of meaning contained in this message. While inherently noisy, harsh and some may say ugly my intention was always to present this kind of material with a sense of beauty and poise and perhaps a touch of nostalgia. The form is static, lingering, suspending time as if caught in a dirty groove.
2009 Pointe D’ecoute ‘Con Sordino’, Montreal, Canada
2008 BEAST 25 Years, CBSO Centre, Birmingham
2007 MANTIS: South-North, Manchester
2006 International Computer Music Conference, Tulane University, New Orleans.
2006 15th Annual Florida Electroacoustic Music Festival, Concert VIII, University of Florida, USA
2006 209 Radio RSL Sound Art Intervention, Cambridge
2005 Confluencias Festival – Art & technology at the edge of the millenium, Huelva, Andalucia
2005 University of Lancaster
2003 Finalist at Confluencias – Art & technology at the edge of the millenium, Huelva, Andalucia
2003 EuCue concert series XXII, Concordia University, Canada.
2003 20/20 re:vision BEAST series CBSO centre, Birmingham. Premiere