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Truth Is A Lonely Place In Ephemeral

Lee Rosevere and I wrote and remixed | two | versions | of “Truth Is A Lonely Place” in August 2014 for a Disquiet Junto challenge to compose a soundtrack to an endlessly-looped silent film by Josh Azzarella. Lee’s remix track eventually found its way into Disquiet.com Mark Weidenbaum’s Fall 2015 installation of the video at the San Jose Museum Of Art.

I released both tracks in November on my record, Particle Theory, as stand-alone audio pieces bookending my track Roadside Justice. I wrote Roadside Justice the same week as the challenge last August and the title “truth is a lonely place” was taken from its lyrics.

Randomly, both our tracks were picked up from the freemusicarchive by Malta video game designers Alan Duca, Mark Magro, Jean-Pierre Brincat, Moira Zahra and Mark Scicluna, and looped continuously through their experimental game called Ephemeral, developed for the 2015 Global Game Jam in January. They won a couple awards (including “Most Unusual Game”) and high praise from Calum Fraser at AlphaBetaGamer. Animated by Zahra and written by Brincat, the game is described as thus:

Two beings plummet simultaneously towards their death. Letters and faint lights tumble along in the background. How will they deal with this predicament?

Eerie and wonderful all at once, given the source material that Lee & I composed to. Azzarella’s silent video is a “never-ending-loop” of a man falling from the World Trade Center on 11 September 2001:

Untitled #8, 2004 from Josh Azzarella

It’s a loop come full circle…

Read more about the original track and disquiet junto challenge.

Read more about Marc Weidenbaum’s installation of Azzarella’s video at the museum’s Momentum Exhibit, which runs through 22 February 2015.


San Jose Museum Momentum Follow-Up

Disquiet.com’s Marc Weidenbaum and the other participants in the San Jose Museum Momentum Installation talk about their respective interventions.

Weidenbaum’s description:

The San Jose Museum of Art has uploaded this eight-minute video featuring the various folks who, like me, contributed works as “interveners” for its current Momentum exhibit, which celebrates the museum’s 45th anniversary. I talk in the video at 2:52 and 3:59.

My piece is “Sonic Frame,” a response in three screens to a video by Josh Azzarella. Each screen contains a unique set of seven different audio tracks composed to complement it, so each time the video plays anew it is accompanied by different sounds. Among the participating musicians are Taylor Deupree, Natalia Kamia, Julia Mazawa, Steve Roden, Naoyuki Sasanami, Christina Vantzou, Stephen Vitiello, and Scanner.

The Momentum exhibit runs from October 2, 2014, through February 22, 2015. More on the exhibit here (“How Sound Frames Vision”) and at sjmusart.org. Video hosted at youtube.com.

From the Museum’s YouTube description:

Published on Dec 23, 2014
What happens when a museum invites a ballet dancer, a bicycle designer, a bodypainter, a calligrapher, a cartoonist, a comedian, an inventor, a poet, a sound artist, and a yarn-bomber to “intervene” in an exhibition? Learn about the ten super creative people behind the exhibition “Momentum: an experiment in the unexpected.” The exhibition is on view through February 22, 2015.

The exhibit runs through 22 February 2015.

My original post on the exhibit, including a list and links to all the artists involved.


San Jose Museum Momentum Installation

The Momentum exhibit runs through February at the San Jose Museum Of Art. Sound artist, writer and Junto founder Marc Weidenbaum curated the sound (as an “intervention”) for one of the installations, the video Untitled #8 (2004) by Josh Azzarella. Back in August, Marc sent out the silent video as project Disquiet0138-videosonicvoid, and challenged us to create a looping piece:

Compose a 2.5-minute soundtrack to complement the silent video “Untitled #8, 2004″ by the artist Josh Azzarella. The video is intended by the artist as a “Never Ending Loop,” as is this audio accompaniment.

Untitled #8, 2004 from Josh Azzarella

Marc “intervened” the video for Momentum with 21 sound pieces, including 14 that were created for disquiet0138-videosonicvoid, to loop over 3 different screens.

For Marc Weidenbaum, Josh Azzarella’s video Untitled #8, in which a form slowly shifts, suggests a visual parallel to the ethereal nature of sound: perceptible yet intangible. Through his online collaborative project Disquiet Junto, Weidenbaum collected and curated original works of music and sound from an international community of colleagues, which he then added to unsynced iterations of Azzarella’s silent video. Intended to explore transformation and stasis, the sound elements create auras, halos, and contextual sonic frameworks that gently alter the viewer’s experience and perception of Azzarella’s video art.

Screen #2 incorporated a remix of my track done by Lee Rosevere, who had asked me to create something for him to use that week:

This is my original:

I am ecstatic that my work is in a contemporary museum. It’s even sweeter that the tracks were the result of spontaneous collaborative processes that echo and fractal much of what’s good about our current technological environment.

The other artists Marc used put me in esteemed company, to say the least:

Screen.01
Taylor Deupree
Van Stiefel
Natalia Kamia
Naoyuki Sasanami
Carlos Russell
Mark Rushton
Paolo Mascolini (Sozu)

Screen.02
Stephen Vitiello
Steve Roden
ævol
Marcus Fischer
Julia Mazawa
Westy Reflector + Lee Rosevere
Ezekiel Kigbo (The Atlas Room)

Screen.03
Steiner (Stijn Hüwels)
Christina Vantzou
Scanner
Inlet (Cory K.)
Jean Reiki
Marco Raaphorst
bad trails

Finally, here is what the exhibit looks like:


Truth Is A Lonely Place (Lee Rosevere Remix) [disquiet0138]

Collaboration with Lee Rosevere, wonderful (and prolific) Canadian producer and musician.
leerosevere.bandcamp.com
happypuppyrecords.ca

Lee’s liner notes:

When this project was launched, I emailed my online buddy Westy Reflector @thereflectors to see if he’d be up for a collaboration and I was thrilled he agreed. I’ve wanted to do a big huge ambient landscape with his glorious guitar tracks and this seemed like a perfect opportunity.

He wrote an original song and sent me the stems (guitar, drone, drums) and you can hear his original version here:
Thereflectors – Truth-is-a-lonely-place

I added lots of reverb (as I love reverb) and piano pads and bass in Ableton Live to his original unedited guitar tracks.

I then mixed a second version, using only an excerpt from his original guitar track and looped it over the newly-created background – this is the version here, which seems to work best when sync’d to the video (vimeo.com/21678371)

It also fits in the sense that Josh Azzarella’s work largely deals with taking an image and “altering or removing the punctual event in the image.” (www.joshazzarella.com/about/)

Huge thanks to Westy for wanting to work on this together, as he could’ve (and did) come up with something excellent completely on his own and didn’t need me at all to drench it in reverb… but it was a great experience and I’m greatly looking forward to the next opportunity.

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More on this 138th Disquiet Junto project — “Compose a 2.5-minute soundtrack to complement a work of silent video art″ — at:
disquiet.com/2014/08/21/disquie…38-videosonicvoid/

More on the Disquiet Junto at:
disquiet.com/junto

Join the Disquiet Junto at:
soundcloud.com/groups/disquiet-junto/

Disquiet Junto general discussion takes place at:
disquiet.com/forums/

The image associated with this track is a still from the video that inspired it: “Untitled #8, 2004″ by Josh Azzarella.