11 0’12” VALERIAN MALY
APPLE (WINDFALL / FALLOBST)
THE POWER OF GRAVITY: RECORDINGS FROM SIR ISAAC NEWTON’S APPLE TREE WOOLSTHORPE MANOR,
LINCOLNSHIRE, ENGLAND, OCTOBER 18, 2003.
SOUND DESIGN: OLIVER FRIEDLI
This “Apple” piece has a certain poetic senses that relates to Chris Kubick’s “Silence, Please”. Both pieces have a reference and relation to words and texts, and their meanings. The Kubick’s piece codified sounds border on silence (the unnoticed, ignored but gently surrounding ones) in to texts, then creating a catalogue that becomes a sound installation.
The recording was made in January 2002 in the Magadigadi Pans in Botswana, Africa. One of the
few places in the world with nothing to hear, as there is no life and most of the time no wind. Far
away there was a thunderstorm on that day, what is, as I believe the more audiable aspect of the track.
The recording is part of a videosculpture entitled Stille Landschaft. A video is projected into a soundproof
semi anachoic chamber, to be watched by one person at a time.
The landscape piece relates to space, and more importantly, silent space. Jesper Norder created the sound installation “The Centre of Silence” that consists of only an empty room and playing sound of voice desbring the space and movement of the air in the room. The documentation video (link above) shows that in between the voices there are silence, a sine wave and white noise that directly exhibits the silence of space.
28 2’50” MATT ROGALSKY & GEORGE W. BUSH
TWO MINUTES FIFTY SECONDS SILENCE FOR THE USA
The “Two Minutes Fifty Seconds Silence For the USA” piece by Matt Rogalsky reminds me of works by Tom Kotick, particularly his piece the “Rational Impulse”. This piece is an interactive sound sculpture of boxes, of which when opened make rock-music sounds but when closed they create a muffle sound, or “constructive silence”. This has a strong political reference similar to that of Rogalsky’s.
Silencing Yourself (this can also be Silence and Oppression):
For this particular topic, I would create a video piece in which I film myself being hurt. The pain can be external or internal and can be introduced by other objects/sources or myself. However, I will not make any sounds throughout this video. There will be background ambience played to real time. There will be certain performing scenes where it looks like I am making noise, such as screaming or shrieking, but there will be no sound played in the video.
For this category, I wish to record moments of silence in my daily life, and turn these audios into graphics through computer visualization of these sounds. Then taking these graphics, I want to make minimalistic drawings of them with just lines. These will then describe the simple
This is my favorite topic and it relates to the actual silent sound art piece that I have created for “ma”. I wish to search for photographs I have taken in the past years that describe silence or capture moments of peace and silence. This also involves personally memories. Moreover, photographs also have the potential of capturing certain feelings, and I wish to use the ones that portray feelings that relates to silence (e.g. extreme solitude/loneliness). Taking all the pictures collect; I want to construct a “silent” memory collage.
The word “meditation” automatically sends me to moments in flow yoga classes where the instructors play relaxing meditative “sounds” in the background. These sounds are sometimes random and sometimes “silent”. I wish to record the “silence” from the meditative period and edit them into a continuous stream of sonic meditation.
For me, spaces that are “silence” mostly take forms of tiny one-person-bedroom spaces that are so small they becoming suppressing and suffocating. If possible I wish to recreate an installation inside a really small space, and only one person is allowed inside at once. There shall be absolutely no sound inside this room, and the audience is required to stay inside for a certain amount of time to fully experience the suffocating silence.