I am a composer and sound artist who has an interdisciplinary approach, often using installation, film or theatre to present my work. My primary focus and research for the past several years has been two fold – Exploring how humans relate to death, it’s ritual and the grief process surrounding; and the ever evolving world of space exploration - using data and technology from various agencies to create scores and soundscapes on which to base new work. The devotional and the scientific are at the core of almost all my work.
These two subjects at first appear to be quite separate focuses, but while their essences are mined in different ways, the resulting work for me has one very clear aim – for the listener or viewer to experience a type of overview effect. This cognitive shift in awarement has been reported by astronauts and cosmonauts during orbit due to their privileged ability to see the earth from a distance, as a fragile blue dot. I believe this type of enlightenment is often mimicked through the process of dying, and for the surrounding mourners in human death. While we have a growing thirst for knowledge regarding the great unknown, we seem to be gradually retreating from the conversation and ritual about our personal and special demise.
These are big topics with a wealth of rabbit holes to fall into. Using data and narrative to keep a focus and truth to the work, my goal as a creator is to break the experience into portions to maintain approachability and understanding with the audience. I utilise everything from traditional scoring techniques and instruments, to applications that translate electromagnetic radiation such as sonograms and ANS to make my work, and recently have started using objects and installations to either encase or project sound.