New Work for 16 Sine Wave Oscillators,
Gaussian Noise and Lowpass Filter
19 June 2009, Hell Yes at PSL, Leeds
Time is divided into three distinct regions: the ‘past’, the ‘present’,
and the ‘future’. Using this representational model, the past is
immutably fixed, and the future undefined and nebulous. As time
passes, the moment that was once the present becomes part of
the past; and part of the future, in turn, becomes the new present.
In this way time is said to pass, with a distinct present moment
‘moving’ forward into the future and leaving the past behind.
In this work, conceived for four loudspeakers, Gilmore explores
the physiological properties of sound using sine waves and noise,
the latter generated using various chaotic, nonlinear systems.
Entr’acte has produced a CD edition of this work (limited to 50
copies; out of print). Thanks to Rhiannon Silver, Joe Gilmore,
and Joe Mawson.
See also Joe Gilmore/George Rogers (E33) and Outposts
Two tones are introduced, the oscillation rate on each slowly
varies, new tones fade in and out, and hey presto — beat notes,
microtones, multiphonics, Culminating in crystal clouds of static.
The piece was originally conceived for four loudspeakers and
you can’t help but feel the ‘physiological properties’ of the sound
have been diluted in the conversion to measly old stereo. Still,
this is a fantastic piece of new-school tone float, a minutely
observed social study of a group of tones interacting at a party.
Nick Richardson in The Wire
Top: Joe Gilmore soundchecking at Hell yes.
Middle: very quiet; Above: too loud.
Photographs by Rhiannon Gilmore