This project, conducted over 2013-15, involved collecting hundreds of old keys. I called for donations of keys that were no longer needed or wanted, perhaps keys to things that don't work or don't exist anymore, or keys that had been found: any number and size/shape, as long as they were no longer needed or wanted. More than 20 people donated over 300 keys to the project.
Keys are so symbolic - of possession, freedom, privacy, safety, power and oppression. Everyone who gave me keys had stories to tell about the keys they were donating. Some belonged to an old car or an old house. Some had been found in new houses and some belonged to buildings or objects that no longer exist. Everyone who donated keys had held on to these precious objects even though they were no longer useful, because of the memories they contained and in some cases because they felt it would have been wasteful to throw them away. I am so grateful for all the donations and stories that have helped to form this project.
The completed composition comprises all the keys, used as percussion instruments, recorded and digitally altered.
Precious will be launched on February 14, 2016, at 2pm in the Long Gallery at Montsalvat. For more information on the project or to pre order a copy of the 7" and digital download please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each day in 2012 I worked on an experiential blogging project called Momentum, tracing the development of a cumulative, yearlong musical composition. This work, the practical component of my PhD, comprised mixing and re-mixing daily using digital, electronic processing of instrumental and found sound improvisations, field recordings, and pre-existing samples, submitted for this purpose. The project has since grown to include a month-long overseas version as well as four live performance versions. The project was created collaboratively and more than 60 people from around the world contributed sounds for me to include in the composition.
I have always enjoyed creating large-scale and durational sound works/installations, and the scope of the PhD gave me encouragement to attempt one of this size. Also, I wanted to spend some time reflecting on my compositional processes in order to improve my skills in this area, and I thought that a year would be a decent enough period of time in which to really reflect on my art and my processes and to be able to put into practice any discoveries I made or lessons I learned along the way.
Composition for 25 August, 2012 (Day Two Hundred and Thirty Eight). Fractal based computer music from Michael Peters, with head massager.
Since 2013 Momentum has been exhibited in galleries in Melbourne, Norway, and New Zealand.
The completed compositions are available to stream via soundcloud.
Momentum cds can be purchased on bandcamp.
The Momentum blog is here.