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I Aint Gonna Study Hate No More, (A Raft For All Mix).

The title is a reference to the spiritual “Down by the Riverside”.

Formally, this piece continues my exploration into the ways that sound can change our perception of everyday objects. Here I am using common plastic vessels (aka trash cans and buckets). The objects are being resonated by voices that are speaking a very simple phonemic language. This language uses the root sounds found in most languages, in an effort to find a universal tongue. These plastic bucket passengers are not at all out of place on the other vessel, which is the raft. The raft is constructed from the word ALL, and acts as the poetic transport for these objects as they travel the dimensions researching and acquiring new sounds in hopes of finding a language that speaks for us all. Thank you.

I Ain’t Gonna Study Hate No More ( A Raft for All mix) 2017 6’ x 4’ x 5’ Wood, amplifiers, transducers, recordless album covers, plastic vessels, humpty dumpty, bamboo, shower curtain.

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I Aint Gonna Study Hate No More, (A Raft For All Mix).

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The title is a reference to the spiritual “Down by the Riverside”.

Formally, this piece continues my exploration into the ways that sound can change our perception of everyday objects. Here I am using common plastic vessels (aka trash cans and buckets). The objects are being resonated by voices that are speaking a very simple phonemic language. This language uses the root sounds found in most languages, in an effort to find a universal tongue. These plastic bucket passengers are not at all out of place on the other vessel, which is the raft. The raft is constructed from the word ALL, and acts as the poetic transport for these objects as they travel the dimensions researching and acquiring new sounds in hopes of finding a language that speaks for us all. Thank you.

I Ain’t Gonna Study Hate No More ( A Raft for All mix) 2017 6’ x 4’ x 5’ Wood, amplifiers, transducers, recordless album covers, plastic vessels, humpty dumpty, bamboo, shower curtain.

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I’ll Send The Message Along The Wires

Think of this space as graph paper. It is neutral and cold so that it can clearly chart the buzzing lines of this sound/memory collision. This installation is a three dimensional audio collage made up of Stardust, Prom Songs and Heartbeats. The Stardust resonating against the cymbal and flowing from the center of the room is brewed from recordings of comets and winds circulating in our solar system. Solar System songs so strange that they can only be reproduced through a NASA telescope stylus. The Prom songs vibrating the musical wire are pulled down from the aether and channeled into Santo and Johnny’s timeless steel guitar recordings. Finally, the anticipatory heartbeats thumping in the hall are being squeezed out between the rattles of my own chest.

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Breaking the Waves

These ceramic objects were constructed based on waveforms (sine, saw, square, etc). Each of the waveform’s sound was then put into a sampler where it was manipulated. The sounds were then reinserted into the pieces and played through small speakers mounted inside each piece.

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Tone Float (Black Sound mix)

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Tone Float (Black Sound mix)

The spark for this sound piece came from Mr. Ron Binks. His images of the Holocaust sites and memorials are arresting for what they show and challenging for what they don’t overtly say. So I (with the extraordinary help of my brother Dillon) set about creating a sound that would compliment and augment his images. It was my hope that what needs to be said about the Black Site images could be felt instead. The sound is monolithic and dynamic, the full extent of the piece is best revealed by walking around the space, stopping then listening.

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Optional Obstacles

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