Desktop Samplers | Eight Track Porta-studio | Record Decks and Knackered
Records | A Music Box | A Megaphone | Voice | Bass
Field recordings and collaged soundscapes that are filtered, re-sampled, looped, re-configured and re-constructed. Audiomaps is often collaborative in the recording, remixing and performative stage. Texts are ‘cut ups’, overheard conversations, ‘found' statements, declarations. Part manifesto at times.
Loops. Samples. Sequences. A whisper. A sense of place.
The very recent work is a direct response to the strange ambience that lockdown brought; March, April 2020. I had to find ways to keep working that were within the strict 'rules'. So, walking and cycling I always had a recording device on me to collect field recordings…
I had set up a 'lo-fi' studio at home so in April 2020, I 'composed' these pieces via very clunky desktop samplers (embracing the limitations of sample length imposed by this fairly archaic technology), an eight-track digital recorder, a mono synth and a box full of toy instruments...
So, the initial 'feeling' was one of ambience, separation.
The more recent pieces from lockdown January 2021 have an altogether more oppressive feel. Almost malevolent, I think. Very dark, highly contrasted imagery and quite visceral samples and sequences in terms of the audio.
“People tend to play in their comfort zone, so the best things are achieved in a state of surprise, actually.” — From Brian Eno
“People ask me, 'Don't you ever run out of ideas?' Well, in the first place, I don't use ideas. Every time I have an idea, it's too limiting and usually turns out to be a disappointment. But I haven't run out of curiosity.” — From Robert Rauschenberg
FOUR TESTS FOR TESTING TIMES.