the 3 days of drift (Friday
12th / Saturday 13th / Sunday 14th) in
collaboration with St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art we
present a very special Sound Installation within The Museums Zen Garden.
"even the birds..." / Confluence.
Visitors will enter the Zen Garden to the subtle sounds
of highland streams and spoken Haiku. A meandering line of 6 speakers
are placed through the garden. Through these are heard six distinctly
different sounds of streams, fluctuating in dynamic, pitch and overtones.
Occasionally, three lines of Haiku will be heard from a seventh speaker
on the perimeter of the garden. This soundscape is always in change and
continuous, it is gentle, amplified no more than one would hear naturally.
My work has its roots in the experimental tradition.
It frequently utilizes new technology to compose and exhibit audio and
visual elements. Recent installations have used chance and indeterminate
processes respectively to compose various parameters of their audio and/or
I have found this way of working concentrates the mind on the inherent
nature of the chosen material, and more and more I find myself facilitating
very simple sources, allowing them to enter into unfolding relationships
with each other. These 'sources' are often environmental, and commonly
acoustical. I find sound more agreeable as an artistic material due to
its very nature; its ephemerality, its multiplicity, its ability to occupy
and define spaces, and its protean behavior. The visual is becoming increasingly
subordinate in my approach.
My research has become more closely involved with the ideas of Acoustic
Ecology. These ideas, along with those of John Cage which remain a primary
influence, have resulted in my employment of 'responsive sound environments'.
This is a space whose acoustic design is modified by changes which take
place within, or even exterior, to that space; various sensing devices
and causal processes determine the real-time composition of the wor. In
brief, my intentions are now focused on an art that generates a greater
awareness and appreciation of one's surroundings, in particular through
the act of listening .