New Things/Hewnoaks/Electronic Babies

Well, let’s just say that I’m having a blast and learning a lot with my newest electronic baby. I treated myself (or invested in–whatever) a new camera. I’m absolutely loving this 6d and the 50mm prime I got for it. Here’s a couple shots of the Davids. I’ll be out shooting more and more in the coming weeks and months, so if you see me walking about, don’t be surprised if I ask to take your portrait. 


In other news, I’ll be heading back into the woods of Lovell for another week at Hewnoaks. There’s something about the quiet of the land and the height of the trees there that is very special. We’ll see what comes out of my time there this go-around. 

Counting the seconds, the 100-channel piece I mentioned in my last post has finally gotten moving. I’ve got a fair few voices left to record for it, but I’m loving the results I’ve been getting. Something to note, the fastest person to count so far has been Nat. Slowest so far? Kimberly Curry. 

I’ll be keeping up with this blog more often now so check back for updates, progress, any shows in the future, or to just listen to my ramblings. Oh and cat pictures.


It’s 2016! It’s been 2016 for 34 days! Just over a year til I’m 30!

I love an exclamation point. Seriously, I do.

I love an exclamation point! Seriously, I do!

Unnecessary capitalizations on the other hand, can suck it. 


Anyway, I think it’s high time that I start using this blog (and this site as a whole) as a means to really propel my work and my thoughts surrounding it. First, I want to bring up something that has really come to light in the past couple of months. Since finishing up Interstices this past October, I feel like I’ve been a bit lost as to what I should do next. The work supporting that project, from fundraising and recording to finally building it took the better part of more than 3 years. It had been part of my elevator pitch about myself for a 1000 plus days. 

“Oh what do you do?” 

“Well I work a couple gigs, and keep up a sound art practice. Actually… I’ve been working on this thing where I’m recording the streets of Portland…” etcetera etcetera. 

I uttered some version of this to dozens if not hundreds of people. I think the project became a more important part of my artistic understanding of myself than any other aspect. Now that the project (and all of its’s digital remnants have moved from the “In progress” project folder to my “completed 2015” project folder) it’s just a previous work that I completed and I’ve been left wondering what next?

Well, after not attempting anything art-wise for the past couple of months, (I’m considering it a parental leave of sorts) the time as come to get moving on new things. I’ve written up some goals for the year on paper and I figured I’d share a few of them here to further bring them into the realm of possibility. 

  • Counting the Seconds- A new piece. 100 channels, in line. Let’s see how people’s individual understanding of time play out against each other. Hoping to really temporally/spatially displace the listener with this one.
  • Find some new places to display the sound map! 
  • See more art– visits to the PMA, ICA, MassMoCA, NYC, etc. 
  • Hewnoaks– I think it’s high time that I get back to those woods
  • Large hanging speaker setups–I’ve got some ideas for Sacred and Profane this year that should be realized.
  • More outdoor sound works ala you can’t get there from here. Taller, weirder, and powered by gas-less generators/batteries. 
  • Keep an eye out for an upcoming musical collab between Baby Bear and I. This one should be fun. 
  • Get back into some more visual works, maybe some camera work in the future!

Interstices

Okay, this one’s been a long time in the making but here it is.

For the past almost three years, I’ve been out there recording street crossings in Portland with the goal of creating the first comprehensive sonic portrait of the city. Hundreds of speakers play back each of those recordings, coming together to create an immersive auditory experience that brings to light those shared moments we all hear but rarely reflect on.

Interstices is installed at the Emery Community Arts Center in Farmington from now until November 12. Gallery hours are 11AM-6PM every day. 

An opening reception will be held on Thursday October 29 from 4:30-7:00PM. I’ll even be giving a little presentation about the project at the beginning of it. Plus, there’ll be snacks to nibble on. 




There are so many folks who have been unbelievably gracious and generous in helping to make this project a reality. Here’s a short list:

Many, many thanks to the Kindling Fund and the Maine Arts Commission for helping on the financial end of things, Josh Ames for his incredible technical and design skills, everyone at the Emery Community Arts Center for helping with preparation and installation, Dawn Nye and Kate Randall for their guidance, knowledge, and hospitality, Em Baer for her keen eye, and everybody else who has heard me talk about this project for years. I hope you all enjoy it!


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