SUAL Archives | 2013

Jamez Dean: Antarctica

Duration:     10‘00“
Type:             Source recordings provided by the artist
Credits:        Presented in conjunction with the shut up and listen! Award 2013

Stone Whispering (a brick through society’s window) (50% more)

This composition consists entirely out of sounds made by red clay building bricks. The duration, number of channels and recordings were decided by chance. Therefore 8 different pieces of bricks with an attached contact microphone were separately put in water and recorded. Due to their material and construction process, they microscopically start to absorb water and release tiny air bubbles. Each piece, dictated by its own nature and structure, is reacting in a specific way, generating a unique pattern of sounds and is making its own dialogue. As bricks are irremovable and undeniable present in the current world situation; this is an endless composition, where the start is the end and the end can be replaced by the start. It forms a never ending symbolic circle, sonic curve of all the bricks surrounding us in buildings, which never can be erased from history. Therefore each of the recordings was reversed and put before the authentic recording. From the start till the middle the listener hears the eight reversed recordings. From the middle till the end the listener hears the eight original recordings. For the stereo version all 8 reversed and original parts are layered over each other. By chance operation 4 of them are panned to the right, the other 4 to the left. This is a ’10:00′ rendition by a 50% time-stretching of the original’15:00′ composition (hence the addendum (50% more).

Jamez Dean

Jamez Dean, born in Belgium and based in Switzerland, is an experimental composer and conceptual visual artist. Starting with experimental music at the age of 15, the focus changed to visual art while doing a bachelor in photography. Due to some contacts made by music photography, he collaborated musically in some side projects in other genres of music (techno, metalcore, industrial, drum & bass, …). The interest in experimental music started again by a class on sound art while doing a master in 3D multimedia. After that a huge amount of time was spent on self-study in composition and electronics. And the focus was put both on visual art & experimental music, its combination and performances.

[info as of 11/2013]