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'ephemeral' fluid variations
'bordun chorus' bordun chorus
'fluid variations' fluid variations
'harmonic environment' harmonic environment
'temporality' temporality
'green meadow' green meadow
'multitudinous entity' multitudinous entity
'which is
without being'
which is without being
'primordial' primordial
'clouds rising
from the mist
of time'
clouds rising from the mist of time
'iridescent self' iridescent self
'shifting view' shifting view
'toxic waste' toxic waste
'burning butterflies' burning butterflies
'lament' lament
'exercise in visual notation' exercise in visual notation
'screen test #2' screen test #2
'nothing' nothing
'silent cry' silent cry
'suppressed anger'   suppressed angerger
'DBP'   DBP
'out of reach'   out of reach

DBP
(Destruction Brings Progress)

2004
Sound Sculpture

 

The sound sculpture “DBP” was specifically constructed for an exhibition space, with a grand piano as a permanent feature in the main gallery area.

The challenge, as a sound artist, of working with the outstanding cult object from the bourgeois class, led me to Phil Corner’s Fluxus concert “Piano Activities”. Performed for the first time in 1962, International Festival of New Music, Wiesbaden. It consists of several man dressed in formal attire, physically destroying a piano. Publicized as a classical piano concert, it set out to not only to dismantle the instrument, but what it stands for, traditional values in music, art and society.

Installed 2004 at Karby Gard (grand piano with hand sewn cotton cover), Kunstcentrum Taby, Stockholm, Sweden

Based on this work, the covered grand piano in DBP, becomes a theatrical stage with drawn curtains, leaving the audience to imagine the fictional activity going on inside, insinuated only by sound. Fast running, hammering, sawing and breaking wood, suggests a presence of something or somebody with destructive intentions. The appearance of electronic noise, structured in three different stages, symbolizes the rise of contemporary sound and music, from the shattered ruins of tradition. Starting with unstructured randomness and chaos, represented by hard metallic sounds, it then moves on to repetitive rhythms and rhythm changes, embodied by the flow of water, to finally arrive at the structured melody of air, determined by chance within compositional rules.