A commission to write a selection of mixtures based around the photos and sculptures of Ursle Von Matihide. I decided to work with the emotional resonance and attention to detail in Matihides’ work.Through the summer of 2016 I wrote a series of sound works based on the sound of imaginary body parts.
Drawing the Sound as Process
An important part of the process was to draw a score first and then compose. The works are a series of miniature sound worlds which were improvised together as one for the final performance.
Matihides work was based on the connections between technology, nature and humans. Her sculptures were derived from tiny micro details of plastic and wood. Her photo’s were stark images of humans or parts of bodies against images of nature. My work was presented live six miniatures which lasted around 35-40 minutes to open the exhibition.The sound was all combined together to make an electronic state of flux.
Titles of Miniatures
My heart, it weighs a kilo
Violence and love
You have atoms for eyes
Debts dissolve in the ground
MILK Instrument Design
I performed with combining the new electronic instrument MILK which I co designed with the Artist Jack Jelfs. MILK worked with live vocal oscillation in performance with the pre recorded electronic material. MILK was commissioned by my self from Jack Jelfs especially for this performance. MILK was a progression for me as a composer as I wanted to work with an instrument that was designed for myself. I worked with Jack on the ergonomic design of MILK It was designed specifically for my use and I have limited use of my arms and hands . I choose to work with vocal oscillations through the adapting of a Shure Beta 4 Condenser Microphone.