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Improvised live Performance of Electroacoustic Work as Yaldabaoth with Alexander Tucker, Modern Art Oxford 26.05.2012

BRADBURN, John (2012) Improvised live Performance of Electroacoustic Work as Yaldabaoth with Alexander Tucker, Modern Art Oxford 26.05.2012. [Performance]

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My research work focuses on notions of experiential communication outside of concrete sets of knowledge. My research question is how is it possible to understand outside of concrete sets of knowledge such as writing, novel form or notated western musical composition? My work uses scraps of musical performance and reconstructs and deconstructs them live. The audio performance was performed here to a DVD of decaying analogue video footage of two dancers. The images of their bodies decay before the eyes of the audience. While it is impossible to show their bodily decay it is possible to watch the decay of the recording of their bodies. The decay is embodied in the work and is not just a simple representation of it.
The processes used include the continual rerecording and slowing down of audio through analogue tape and digital processing. This allows for the audio selections to move from being a sound representation to being concrete, material, sound. This process happens live in front of an audience, varying different source sounds to allow for an acoustic convergence. The materiality of analogue tape allows for sonic decay to be physically embodied. The sounds are not distorted or decayed through any other device other than the copy errors of the audiotape. Ephemerality is also evident in my use of technologically obsolete equipment. The sound exists as tape that inevitably rots away. My research focuses on the foregrounding of physical existence over immaterial mental constructions or knowledge sets. Decay functions as a metaphor for life and mortality.

Item Type: Performance
Faculty: Previous Faculty of Arts and Creative Technologies > Film, Sound and Vision
Event Title: 1001 Nights
Event Location: Modern Art Oxford
Event Dates: 26/05/2012
Depositing User: John BRADBURN
Date Deposited: 07 May 2013 11:14
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2023 13:38
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