We’ve: Studies for places and bodies

Web-based audio and video essay/poem, Experimental Music Yearbook. 2015

The Experimental Music Yearbook is a repository for composers, performers, and the public to glean the methods and styles of various artists working in the experimental music tradition. As the modes of experimentation in the arts change from year to year, the Experimental Music Yearbook’s annual issues will build into a comprehensive, and varied, database of experimentation in music/sound.

We’ve: Studies for places and bodies is a web-based work comprised of electronic music, sine tones, video, and text. In 2005, I started a book of prose poems that imagined the pre-historic discovery of the Korean penninsula was conflated with a contemporary post-apocalyptic event. A nomadic group, a “we”. roam a landscape encountering what is the remains of the previous civilization, and the discovery of a new world.

Statement from We’ve: Studies for places and bodies: 

We’ve started as a text that has become the platform for much of my sound work in the past decade. I propose/offer language as a container of experience and the possibility of experience- moving towards texts, sounds, performances, livenesses. If language is a storage medium, a generative source, a body, the texts in We’ve are scores in varying degrees of articulation and abstraction, trees or images of trees or poems about trees – ones I listen to each time I create a work. I “read” it, and also read it and re-read it in configurations, knotty constellations, archers and water bearers, miegakure. A body and a body’s exertions and exhalations and facts can be improvised from, hiding in plain sight, corporeal, ephemeral. We are shape bearers. What you couldn’t know.

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