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PLAYING THE SPACES BETWEEN


Waiting for water to boil in the Tucson Bubble I experience THE GREAT LAG.

We're all in bubbles of our own design, connecting with what we suppose is real, dealing with the realities we can handle and blocking
the overload.

(If you need convincing, just close your eyes and listen to how much you are missing).

And even in those moments of perfect clarity, when what is
now seems to be happening in pure real-time, there is always a lag, minute and immeasurable perhaps, but none-the-less there.

Between thought and expression, there lies a lifetime.  Right?

With sound creation there are so many factors in play, that
illusions of process begin to emerge almost immediately.

A live performance offers the promise of real-time response. But the response is tempered by acoustics, gear and the performer's organic hardwiring.

If you have ever tried to play a
heavily processed instrument you know what this is like.

Sitting waiting for water to boil in the Tucson Bubble, experiencing THE GREAT LAG,  I got to thinking about the nature of 
telematic performance.

Put simply, telematic performance allows for the creation of "live" works in settings where the performers are separate.

On March 24 from Tucson I'll be joining performers from Chicago, Mexico City and Buenos Aires in a
telematic performance titled: Sonic Bridge 2.

The Sonic Bridge series as envisioned by the participants is meant to bring artists together in the spirit of creation and friendship regardless of borders, barriers or locations.

It was organized by
Dan Godston, an artist whose energy for bringing events together is contagious.

In Chicago the work will take place "physically" at
Elastic Sound & Vision Gallery with Amanda Gutierrez (laptop), Jayve Mongtomery (saxophone & percussion), Noe Cuellar (laptop), Wiliwaw (amplified ukulele) and Dan (trumpet & small instruments) performing.
 
Here in Tucson, I'll be performing with the
Electric Ferris Box at The University of Arizona radio station KAMP where the work will be broadcast live via the air waves and internet streaming. Much thanks to their staff and in particular Mack Kearns for having the pioneering vision to give this a go.

This is the first time a
telematic performance has occurred in Tucson and possibly all of Arizona (perhaps even the South West for Google tells me so).

From Mexico City
Kai Kraatz will be performing and in Buenos Aires Buenissimo with Valeria Cammano and other performers to be announced.

With technology changing so rapidly, this form of performance is becoming increasingly sophisticated, however because we'll be using Skype for it's affordability, there is still a "lag" between the sounds being created and the sounds of response as well as some cuts.

So the performance requires a level of sophistication to work with the spaces between, to utilize a level of intuition and improvisation that develops the sounds in wonderful and unexpected directions.

To my mind, when creating any sound work, each performer is a node in a neural network of sorts, processing and responding to signals but at the same time being mentally connected as well on an intuitive level.

But what is real and now is often a shadow of what was.

So where does the technology take us?

I suppose the real world by it's nature is a virtual world.

If we can accept that, then perhaps we can accept so-called virtual worlds as more real than we thought?

And that is why, sitting in the kitchen, waiting for the water to boil, I find myself drifting along with these thoughts.

If you'd like to learn more about telematic performance I encourage you to check out the work of
Pauline Oliveros, The Telematic Drum Circle and Telematic Collective to name a few.

More details on the March 24 event will be posted at
www.sonicanta.com as they arise.

And now we return you o THE GREAT LAG and the bubble of your own design.