***I wrote this and the last few posts a long time ago and thought they were published but I guess I was clicking “save” instead of publish 😦 Sorry
The arc of the piece took a slight but significant turn, and most participants noted the new conversation that was formed from the immediacy. The work was initially supposed to delay hours after the initial creation of noise, allowing borrowed time to be present in the atmosphere. Anxiety, distance, and distortion would be present. Here, the anxiety was nearly unnoticeable, fleeting, and overtaken by excitement of when and where the echo would occur.
This is what most comments I received were discussing. This work was a distortion of space rather than a distortion of time. There was a constant deconstruction and reconstruction of arbitrary slices of the room, rearranging them much to the participants curiosity. The collective curation and creation of a community soundscape felt exciting, but also lighthearted; I believe the word “kind” was used.
Everyone mentioned gratification; the search, the anticipation, and the instability of finding one’s own voice in the midst. One’s own voice is lost in rearrangement.
This soundscape was specific to this configuration of individuals. This iteration was described as “primitive,” “animalistic”
I do not want my work to remain in a realm of call and response interactivity. That sort of work often falls prey to sole dependence on the audience, who often turn to play rather than observation and consideration. Conversations surrounding the delay and the ownership of voice do not evaporate, but are not active in these contexts. Longer delays would reduce this immediacy that encourages play.
Many people’s perceptions seemed influenced by the title, citing a disconnection between behavior and reaction, ambiguity of memory, and ownership of memory.
“giving us a memory”
I’m interested in the building of the soundscape, and potentially the rising and crashing of this layered noise.
I am meditating again on replication as artificiality; the repeated transmission of a sound is not the sound itself. Digitization creates new bodies.
“It reminded me of a chamber”