multi-channel self-generative sound piece. A collaboration with Johannes Scherzer.
Random excerpt / stereo mixdown
A sound resonates on the page of Kawabata's book. It is the sound of the mountain. The invisible object engenders a concoction of perceivable traits that travel inside language and are re-assembled in a different body, that of physical sound. Descriptive categories are tools used to break up the world, but also to re-constitute it.
mute - vast - finite - tentative - slow-pace - stretched-out - colorless - silent - void - reverberating - muffled/damped - holding breath - long-lasting - dry - dusty - static - sweet - sticky - subterranean - rocky - pounding - deafening - abrupt
The sound samples for the score were picked randomly in the pool of my sound archive based on their power of approximating the traits of the unheard sound in the book – many of these originate from a trip to Japan in 2009. These traits or qualities were notated during a single reading, reflecting a momentarily emotional response to the text. Words are like pulsing style-objects or open-end definitions. A moment passes and vanes, but the words' tendrils have invaded me and branched out in a different form.
In the self-generating score, all sound samples (and the corresponding traits) are always playing at once, inter-merged by chance at each moment. In-between these defining notes and traits, where is the thing they describe? How can I try do define it? Fathom it?