APA & JØ - Der Stromausfall // Cloudbursting [Cassette]
During the Everything Without a “Real” is False: APA (aka Xuan Ye) Artists-in-Residence @ Being Generation & JØ (aka Johann Diedrick) @ Friends-at-Home Mirco-Residency (2015.5.30), the two impromptu music performances Der Stromausfall / Cloudbursting happened as a result of unexpected electrical outage and fortuitous power-back on Dundas West, Toronto. Der Stromausfall was improvised completely without wall power. In Cloudbursting, the instrument (eventually the performance) allows the performer to use a one second vocal recording as a sound source for a tactile interface. When touching two contacts, thereby closing a circuit, the vocal sample is played back in a fluttering staccato of pitches based around a pentatonic scale. This allows for a wildly expressive sonic palette that is driven through touch between oneself and others. When the circuit is used in reverse, a group can form a connection together that results in silence. As they start to let go of each other, melodic voices shower down.
From Weird Canada and
the illusory continuity of James Beardmore:
A power failure somehow triggers a freak storm. It affects an extremely localized area of Dundas West, Toronto. The storm engulfs everything in its path. Bicycles, microphones, plastic bags, saxophones, toys, sprinkler systems. You have just become a part of it.
When time first stopped it was confusing, but lately you have decided to embrace it. The best part about dislocation from time is that sounds seem to have a new quality. They are more breakable somehow. A second can be burst and the pieces repositioned. Each piece sounds different yet contains all the information of the whole thing.