Binary Reality with a Delay
Stretched Boundaries Concert
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Troy, New York
March 31, 2011
RPI's contemporary music ensemble Tintinnabulate, founded by Pauline Oliveros, featured four artists including myself. I attempted to give the audience a visual experience of the space through surface noise that can be heard through my speaker-functioning head. Transducers, delay pedals, and microphones are among the instruments that I used to explore media's practice of delaying live material, known as a broadcast delay. The standard delay time is seven seconds and I tripled it to twenty-one, to indicate a reflection of my everyday communication.
During the second segment, the ensemble and I performed a collaborative piece by playing sounds that resonated with my dance moves thereby manifesting certain beats inside my head, which were inaccessible to the ensemble and audience. This reversed the process of making sounds that typically produce dance moves.