SPECTRAL TERRITORIES Pt.2
6-channel sound-installation by Artificial Memory Trace [Slavek Kwi]
#1] stereo_mix [only channel 1 + 2]
#2] ambient recording within space from installation units [all 6_channels]
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December 2000 - January 2001 I was traveling in eastern Africa, recording various natural environments, e.g. rainforests. This caused me to re-question the sound environment we are living in. We are living in domestic environments surrounded perpetually by sounds generated and introduced by technology, as electric circuit which produces non-stop low frequency on the edge of audibility, but still omnipresent and having effect on us. There are many frequential layers produced by electric circuits (e.g. refrigerators, TV screens & computers, amplifiers, light-bulbs etc.) While listening to rain-forest soundscapes - particularly dawn and dusk, when activity seems the most rich and ever-changing - many sounds reminded me of electric tensions (sounds of insects - cicads, very loud and intensively monotone, bizarre birds sounding like high pitched synthetic-line "falling" down in frequency etc.) Simultaneously I had recorded also in Arthouse building (multimedia centre in Dublin), focussed on sounds produced by machines (e.g. ventilations, elevators, inside computer training rooms, cafe and another working spaces) and combined these sounds with rain-forest soundscapes.
An exploration of frequential territories of animal species in natural sound-environment (recordings from rainforests in Kenya & Tanzania) in comparision with human domestic environments - focused on electric installations with omnipresent and static character, sounds which perpetually surround us in daily life, particularly in our living spaces. Creating associative sound-environments in combination with original sounds and transformations of these sounds by computer. Studying natural sound-environments and artificial sound-pollution; researching changes in nature caused by sound pollution, and its impact on human beings, including psychological and physical aspects. Form :
Sound-installation (35 min composition) is performed from 6-track digital tape (played in loop, repeat mode continuously) and diffused from 3 pairs of different devices, e.g. using plexi-parabolas with tweeters placed inside, umbrellas etc.
In introductory separated room is placed cd player with headphones, on inserted cd are recorded original sounds used in creating of ST pt2. Each sample is 30 sec long. See list: :::
PRESS RELEASE TEXT: Marks of Omission
The exhibition will open with a reception Thursday, 13 September 6.00 p.m. - 8.00 p.m. SLAVEK KWI is an artist from the Czech Republic, currently living in Dublin and participating in Arthouse's Residency Programme. After studying music in Belgium, Kwi became an electro-acoustic artist in the late eighties and is now best known for his extensive discography under the identity he founded in 1990, Artificial Memory Trace (AMT). Spectral Territories Pt 2 presents a sound installation in Arthouse's basement space that uses both natural and man-made frequencies culled from recordings made by the artist over the last year. Kwi travelled to the rainforests of Kenya and Tanzania where he recorded birds, insects and the natural 'din' of the forests. After his return to Dublin, he made several recordings in Arthouse at night, where he picked up the frequencies made by electric circuits throughout the building. Spectral Territories Pt 2 compares the two studies in an installation that uses dome and umbrella speakers to direct the composition in complex patterns of sound. Visitors hear isolated frequencies or a mixture of sounds depending on the precise spot they are standing. The installation includes a study room where visitors may listen to source recordings by the artist. This November Kwi will begin a residency at the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Dublin through IMMA's Artist Work Programme.