Artificial Memory Trace – Rattle_Snake


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16_channel sound_installation by Slavek Kwi on 36 speakers, mexico_city 2004

A complex system conceived as a single entity composed from layers and clusters of interconnected and simultaneously independent sound units – a “jelly-sonic”organism containing microcells – coexisting in various inter-relations and in perpetual transformation.

All sound-textures were created from field-recordings (May 2004) on location and in close surroundings. I recorded ambient sounds: traffic noise with claxons and whistling of policemen, street musicians playing “grinding organs”, works on buildings etc.

The structural skeleton was generated from 1 second of a seed-rattle sound.

This rattle sound was organized in repetitive patterns (“codes”) and developed throughout the piece. These codes are in perpetual  transformation, shifting through time and space. The skeletal thread of sound interlaces layers of aural textures extracted from original recordings, hovering between the recognizable and the purely abstract.

The structure oscillates between entropy and syntropy. Forms disintegrate in order to transform, to reach more complex levels of organization, affecting the balance of the whole organism.

“Rattlesnake” was composed by Slavek Kwi during May – July 2004 in Ivy Cottage in Ireland and spatialized in Illustrious Studio of Martyn Ware in London in UK.

Sound Oasis is project conceived and directed by Francisca Rivero-Lake Cortina.

Special thanks for kind support to Francisca Rivero-Lake, Martyn Ware, Helen Blackhurst and Echomusic for making this project available!


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