Three Potentially Amazing Things: Music Edition
Image: Janet Cardiff, The Forty Part Motet, by Janet Cardiff (A Re-working of Spem in Alium Nunquam Habui 1573, by Thomas Tallis). 40 loudspeakers mounted on stands, placed in an oval, amplifiers, and playback computer, 14 minute loop with 11 minutes of music and 3 minutes of intermission. Courtesy of Galerie Barbara Weiss and the artist. Photo: Markus Tretter. From Tacomaartmuseum.org.
Spem in Alium Nunquam Habui has a complicated history that includes errors (the “40” was supposedly once mistaken for “30”), a possible relationship to Queen Elizabeth’s 40th birthday, and words from the Apocrypha’s Book of Judith (see Wikipedia for a quick summary). I am most interested in experiencing the interplay between this historical piece and the technology controlling it in Cardiff’s creation.
I still mourn the loss of (illegal) downloading service Audiogalaxy because of the way members could send songs directly to their friends’ music queue after initial permission was granted. Few experiences are more exciting than coming home to a computer full of new music someone else found for you. This weekend Or Gallery reconsiders the social aspect of the digital music exchange through Ear to Ear, a “temporary, non-virtual community interested in popular music” (from the event description on Or Gallery’s website). Bonuses at the event include mixed CDs created by Pacific Northwest art personalities, a conversation on the project (Saturday at 5 PM), and an essay by Jordan Strom.
As Jen Graves notes in her review of Dario Robleto’s exhibitions in The Stranger, “…[Robleto] brews homemade remedies from plants and powders” (link to article). If pop music is anything, it is a homemade (by “homemade” in this instance, I mean “mentally reconstructed”) remedy for myriad emotional moments and stages of life, regardless of how many would prefer to deny this fact. In other words, Michael Duncan’s talk should be fascinating.