Artificial Memory Trace
Presents a composition designed especially for headphones:
Created by AMT/Slavek Kwi in Ivy Cottage Studio, Ireland
- June 2007.
Press PLAY and listen with closed eyes. Listen from the beginning only.
PERCEPTION. NO COGNITION !
WARNING: Do not read!
The further you read, the more difficult it will be for you to listen
without PRE_concepts (=pre_JUDGEMENTS). Comprehension is an obstacle,
The more information you absorb, the more influenced you'll be in the
way you listen _ you'll attempt to comprehend and you'll inevitably create
a time_delay in between the perception and reception (=analysis).
If you RE_cognize anything, your thoughts will adhere to the series of
associations*. Combinations of sounds provoke imagery coherent exclusively
to our own EX_perience, even so called "objective" (=agreed)
RE_ality is still composed from sub_realities, which are ultimately subjective.
What is true and what isn't true? (The reality is of such bizarre nature,
that's hard to believe it actually exists!)
LISTEN, just listen. There is nothing
to be understood. No comprehension required accessing this work. Don't
get distracted by any meaning that these sounds might provoke in your
mind. Sounds are simultaneously both concrete and abstract; there is no
energetic difference barring their polarity. All sounds are UNSPEAKABLE,
absolutely impossible to describe
Once upon a time I met a man, a composer. We drank coffee and discussed
music. He had just come from a concert of electracoustic tape music. "It's
always the same" he said. "Doors slamming, bird is singing and
then some water gurgling". He then showed me his new CD. I read on
the cover: violin, flute, guitar
, and thought to myself, always
the same instruments. Interestingly, when we hear the sound of the violin,
we hear music. When we hear the sound of water, we don't hear the music
but just the sound of water. Why?
[* ASSOCIATIONS are misleading.
Slipping from the subject/object of observation (percept itself) and chaining
together, further and further from the initial IN_formation.
The process of chaining associations
creates distance within time_dimension: interpretation, such as collecting
and examining thoughts (memories on EX_periences) and forming them in
chains (with some system: rational/irrational) is much slower than the
unfolding of reality, and consequently such chaining of associations creates
a time_delay. Differently said: If the meaning starts to form within our
geometry of thoughts, the perception is distorted immediately by interpretation,
causing a delay in reception. This delay phenomenon usually multiplies,
and results in theories and philosophies.]
List of Sounds (=
samples of Reality):
Basically, any sound is abstract and without any reference to its origin
and experience. there is not any association with origin of sounds employed!
Composition as re_organization of Reality_particles:
Basic skeletonal_structure was created from various transformations of
sounds of squeaky trains in freezing air recorded originally in Prague
1994 and sounds of pontoons floating and creaking beside Sydney Opera
House, Australia 2006.
by or/and from:
(All recorded 2006-2007 in Ireland, except if noted otherwise.)
Prepared drum doumbek and finger-rattles. Large tam-tam, Chinese ringing
balls, Ping-Pong balls. Mouth harmonica, child's xylophone and ukulele.
Slide-flute. Popping plastic bubbles of wrapper, percolator, whistling
teapot. Little air-fan. Making fire. Grandfather's pendulum clock (1994,
Prague), music-mechanic-machine. Cutting wood with hand saw and circular
saw, cutting metal with angler, hammering, motorcycle. Drawing and painting.
Water tap, vortex down bath plughole, and water stream recorded with hydrophone.
Rain. Inside of bee hive (1994, Czechie). Goose and ducklings. Ambience
in garden of Ivy Cottage, and truck passing by
The most challenging
is to perceive voices (especially in a language we understand) as pure
abstraction - for its energetic and textural contains.
Cries of newborn Manuel and Eithna, with her parents in background. Fragments
from messages left by our friends on answering machine recently. From
sessions with autistic child, voice of teacher. Fragment of guitar song
with adult in psychiatric hospital. Cleaning nose
Forget all in-FORMATION formation within your mind.
The thinking is gone. Cognition fades, only perception persists. Resist.
You can imagine whatever you want! However, forming an IDEA limits the
potential of the observed subject. Without thought, the potential of the
object/reality remains intact, released from interpretation:
absolutely free to exist.
LISTEN as it is.
Piece: "Nonsense_On_SENSE", inevitably variation II - as your
perception is altered by absorbing all the written information anyway.
if you would intend to interpret IT in any particular
manner, whatsoever you might consider as real, feel real_ly free
Paradox of Paradox: The truth isn't true unless
in balance with non_true.
Within sound-realm of this work are no intentions to express any ideas
However, the reality of experiencing the process of creation is leading
me inevitably to my own personal interpretations associated with specific
state of mind during the time of creation and afterwards. Though sounds
are left to own destiny, tittles and comments documents fragments from
other levels of possible relationships, parallel outcomes of creative
process, therefore subjective.
Multi-dimensional character of creation is obvious. Interpretation is
interface of unique relationship with sound-reality as object creating
paradox. To balance paradox, inter-relation (=tension) is in harmony of
extreme principles: on one side, the object as outside reality is left
(with no judgment) "as it is" and other side, the subjective,
the reality is percept as unique - personal - interpretation serves to
define individual understanding of reality. Therefore the encounter between
I, as the unique, creates automatically balanced tension with the universal,