A PRECISE MEASURE OF FREEDOM

 

 

I made this particular journey some years ago. In a period where I travelled extensively without being able to influence the choice of destinations. Or the conversations.

Unable to work at my normal practice, I had to grab whatever possibilities there where. Sampling sound and images whilst travelling or waiting. Early morning walks in unknown places. Small gaps in the schedule before breakfast or meetings.

 

 

 

Image, text and sounds with poetic intent, were written, sampled and reworked, more or less simultaneously. Traditionally multi-medial collaborations shaped into “one-hand” expressions.

 

 

 

 

Kneading this… like sculpting with clay. Now from the sound or the text-side, now from the image-side. Hopefully achieving “oneness” or coherence in the process.

 

 

 

 

I like words. Words not used as weapons or for empowerment. The words I like are more intuitive orderings of thought.

Much in the same way as with the imagery and the soundscapes, I explore sampling-techniques in my textbased work. Trying to make meaning out of impressionable words passing me by. Not what is written, but what it makes me write.

I do this work in English and would probably have preferred to write in Norwegian ( language of poets ) but, reminded of the words by Nasreddin: “in that language you will not go very far”.

This also helps me sometimes to keep a distance to traces of sentimentality or theatricality in the wordings.

The melodic soundscapes are typically made by sampling my own voice or making sounds on instruments I do not know how to play. Trying to be prepared when fortuitous sound appear. (I also keep an eye/ear on the wonderful free samples given away with some music magazines and public domain libraries on the net)

The visuals are sequenced animations. Sampled with a digital still camera at different time intervals.

 

 

New ideas, intuitions, or development in my skills, constantly disrupted and altered versions I thought were final.

I needed frequent deadlines to break the project into manageable sizes however, so I uploaded a new or reworked, unfinished piece from this project, here, on the 1. of every month in both 2013 and 2014.

The plan now is to polish, remix and maybe publish the project in connection with this piece:  ” The others .. waiting”.