While listening to Mikel Rouse’s new album, the textures make me feel as though I have arrived on a new planet in a very interesting science fiction book, and amazingly I can understand the language.
Cotton, silk, cotton thread and floss, metallic thread and floss 10″x8″
Inspiration: Alva Noto. “Haliod Xerrox Copy 4.” 2007. Xerrox Vol. 1. Raster-Noton. | Length: 3:54 minutes; Musical Genre: Glitch
Static micro sounds with scattered glitchy golden tone bursts.
I can’t hold on to a single thought: the murders in Orlando, world and US politics, the death of a 21 year old friend, and perhaps, what I hope is only a momentary experience of “adjustment fatigue” to change. The bottom images in this piece are me throwing and kicking and being angry and miserable. The top images are life flowing forward through those not touched by pain at this moment. I experience life as liminal between a yin/ yang of tensions.
Quote by Composer/Musician Ben Neill
“It’s fascinating how well you captured the essence of this song just as you did Entre Deux, which hangs proudly in my office. I always thought of Entre Deux as a conversation which you represented visually, and the arpeggios of Red Shift always felt like spiraling, circular movement. Thanks for your great creative work, I’m glad to be a source of inspiration…and in turn to be inspired by your art!”
This is truly one of my lifetime most favorite pieces of music!! Terry Riley takes me on an extremely colorful, endlessly fascinating journey. Unlike many of my sound inspired pieces which are usually 10 second slices of what I, as a synesthete see, this is a general gestalt of the bones of the entire “trip”.
This represents only about 10 seconds of the 1971 “Anthrax” album recording of the wonderfully swirling, cyclical mantras of Terry Riley’s Sax, and the piano’s oceanic roll by John Cale, (famous for his membership in the Velvet Underground).
Image below was the first small model for the large piece above. Silk, cotton and metallic thread and floss, 12″x12″