Guy Dickinson is a photographer whose work I have very much enjoyed responding to. "Wood for Trees" was written to accompany his project "Peripheral". First published online by Kozu Books , it has now been re-published in the journal "Echtrai".
A more ambitious project is the collaboration "Anthologia: A Dictionary of Flowers," a landscape format 172 page A4 book of Dickinson's photographs with an introduction by Brian Lavelle and a composite text by me that respond to the images: "Through a Yellow Glass the Eye is Gladdened" includes a series of quotations, an SF story, a list of yellow flowers and a proposal series of 50 new paint names.
I am pleased to have a chapter published in Jane Grant, John Mathias and David Prior's "The Oxford Handbook of Sound Art." There are some fantastic contributors to the volume which it is a real honour to be included alongside.
The long hiatus that opened up between writing the original draft and the final publication has the woozy effect of reframing my words in different ways, some I am pleasantly surprised by, some that I would probably resolve differently today. The publication is eye-wateringly expensive - one destining the volume for academic libraries. I hope that a paperback version is planned.
Very pleased to have my poem "The Smell of Apples" published in the latest issue of "14" magazine, alongside some amazing authors. The text from "The Smell of Apples" is created from 9 translations of Ovid's horrible book "The Metamorphoses" with which I am involved in a long term and slow attempt to detoxify. You can order the magazine here. There was a launch for the magazine online.
I was delighted to be invited by artist and scholar Paul Nataraj to contribute to his long-running broadcast project which Paul explains in the following terms as:
“It is still raining in my bathroom” was uploaded 85 years after Mme Savoye wrote to architect Le Corbusier to complain (again) about the poor construction quality of Les Heures Claires / The Villa Savoye. She wrote “It’s raining in the hall, it’s raining on the ramp and the wall of the garage is absolutely soaked. What’s more, it’s still raining in my bathroom, which floods in bad weather, as the water comes in through the skylight. The gardener’s walls are also wet through.”
The video comprises three elements:
Eugénie Savoye’s 1936 letter was reported by Jacques Sbriglio in The Villa Savoye (1997 / 2008) p. 107 that references the Fondation Le Corbusier archives FLC H1-12-157.
Buddy Peace from Haeckels interviewed me about my work with sound. It was a wide ranging conversation, going back through various projects and also exploring ideas about the biophilia hypothesis, ears and hearing, accessibility, etc. The whole thing has been really nicely edited and soundtracked and comes with a bespoke meditation from Lottie.
I am delighted to have contributed two texts to Simon James' project "Electro Smog". "Electro Smog" is based around a series of electro-magnetic field recordings Simon made in the Shenzen electronics markets from which he has been able to generate mesmeric arrays of pulses, rhythms, tones and drones. One text is an interview with Simon about the project, the other a SF story written in response to Simon's work but constituting part of this slow Miasma of Decay project that I have been doing for a while. The hand-bound booklet is bi-lingual English / Chinese and, in keeping with the ecological themes of "Electro Smog," the audio tracks are packaged in recycled USB sticks (that can be customised by accompanying stickers).
You can order the album on bandcamp.
A nice review in The Wire of Cathy Lane and my book Sound arts now. It says a "fantastic book" and other nice things but there are also challenges by writer Brian Morton around such things as: the balance between interviewer and interviewee, a question if analysis is with-held in favour of exposition, whether 'sound arts' is larval, academic or otherwise institutional, how the choices of subject were made and how the reader accesses the art works or compositions discussed, especially when they are not documented in photographs in this uniformbooks publication.
Clouds and Tracks is a platform which takes its name from a phrase of Gertrude Stein's from Tender Buttons: "A transfer, a large transfer, a little transfer, some transfer, clouds and tracks do transfer, a transfer is not neglected." Initiated by John Hughes, Volker Eichelmann and Jenna Collins, the project "collates sound works conceived and realised since the spring of 2020. Contributions chart participants’ thoughts, feelings, driftings and wanderings since the onset of the Covid 19 pandemic, providing a sonic snapshot of the strange and unsettling times we are living through". My post for last year "How are you in these strange times" has reference to other sound pieces made during lockdown. Other participants include: Holly Antrum, Sarah Bennett (with Paul Ramsay), Rachel Cattle, Jenna Collins, Ilsa Colsell, Volker Eichelmann, Mireille Fauchon, SJ Fowler, SL Grange, John Hughes, James Irwin, Sylvia Lim, Lucie McLaughlin, Liz K Miller, Christian Newby (with In a Skull), Alex Pollard & Luke Pendrell, Ben Redhead, Mónica Rivas Velásquez, Daniel Shanken, Andrea Stokes, Anne Tallentire, Mia Taylor, Mandy Ure, and Mark Peter Wright.
"Air Stream: Air" (10.31) is an unprocessed recording from my back garden in which we hear the summer ambience of doors shutting, children's voices, seagulls, wood pigeons, shuffling shoeless feet, a single prop plane droning past and the rustling and crackling of plastic bags from a supermarket delivery drying in the wind on a washing line after having been decontaminated.
"Air Stream: Ether" (5.41) was prompted by another place than the garden that had become important during lockdown: the broadband router and the stability of its connection. Using an 'electro sniffer' I followed the buried cable from my house to the nearest junction box (located from a conversation with an engineer on one of the many occasions when they were sent to fix our connection). Uncharacteristically for me, this track involves some looping and layering of material.