Seth Cluett

Objects Of Memory

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These works occupy a position between an expanded notion of composition and a gallery-based art practice. The content of the works presented on this disc produce a slow series of gestures that give the illusion of stillness amidst a texture of continually developing material. The central concern in all of these pieces (the three fully scored works, the installation documentation, and the live-performance) is the construction of a sound world that is able to be environmental rather than temporal, proceeding slowly enough that it might be explored without the anxiety that it will move away too quickly. Like much of my output, I am interested in providing the listener with material that allows for an active agency of perception and that affords the ability to move through the sound autonomously. Whether the work is gallery-based, conceptual, or created for a concert hall, I am interested in viewing simple, everyday actions at extreme magnification, acknowledging failure by amplifying impossible tasks, and exploring the role of memory in forms that respect the contract between the composer, performer, and listener.

1. objects in stillness
for bassoon, viola, guitar, percussion, and four sine tones (2006). 07:26

2. a radiance scored with shadow
for amplified paper, bowed vibraphone, bass drum, and compressed air (2007). 08:19

3. a murmur which redoubles
for three guitars, electric bass, and four sine tones (2006). 07:18

4. doleros (audio tourism at ringing rocks)
reclaimed building materials, steel, baler twine, speaker cones, light, and 12.1-channel audio (2008). 19:35

5. untitled (objects of memory)
cassette dictaphones, circuit-modified portable cassette player, controlled feedback, and computer-generated and vocally-produced sine tones (2009). 26:03

Seth Cluett: Objects Of Memory

Objects In Stillness Seth Cluett 7'24''
A Radiance Scored With Shadow Seth Cluett 8'17''
A Murmur Which Redoubles Seth Cluett 7'16''
Doleros (Audio Tourism At Ringing Seth Cluett 19'32''
Untitled (Objects Of Memory) Seth Cluett 26'02''

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