“I have often wondered whether especially those days when we are forced to remain idle are not precisely the days spend in the most profound activity. Whether our actions themselves, even if they do not take place until later, are nothing more than the last reverberations of a vast movement that occurs within us during idle days.

In any case, it is very important to be idle with confidence, with devotion, possibly even with joy. The days when even our hands do not stir are so exceptionally quiet that it is hardly possible to raise them without hearing a whole lot.”
― Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters on Life

Idleness, Endlessness

Sound Performance

Idleness, Endlessness explores labor, leisure and engagement through two related sound performances.

The source material for Idleness, Endlessness was collected while attending the Parkfield Artist Residency in September 2012. Parkfield is a unique retreat where invited artists have no obligation to create work, or anything other then their own meals each day. This creates a unique situation for contemplation and reflection.

The source material consists of synthesized tones and radio static collected on a portable synthesizer, and a single field recording of the wind. From 2012 – 2015 this material was processed in the studio and used in live performances.  The final performances are created through improvisation with the insertion of 5 minute periods of inactivity every 15 minutes to simply contemplate where the piece had come and where it should go.

Idleness and Endlessness are separate performances that are presented in turn so the material never becomes comfortable or routine to perform.

Performances
  • LACA, Los Angeles, CA, September 20, 2015 [Endlessness with Rebecca Bruno]
  • LACA, Los Angeles, CA, August 30, 2015 [Idleness]
  • Touch Presents… Live in Los Angeles, Elephant, Los Angeles, CA, June 21, 2015 [Idleness]
  • Private Residence, Los Angeles, CA, December 29, 2013 [Endlessness]
  • Re:Sound II, Human Resources, Los Angeles, CA, July 24, 2013 [Idleness]

Idleness, Endlessness

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Idleness, Endlessness explores labor, leisure and engagement over a two hour long compositions.

The source material for ‘Idleness, Endlessness’ was collected while attending the Parkfield Artist Residency in September 2012. Parkfield is a unique retreat where invited artists have no obligation to create work, or anything other then their own meals each day. This creates a unique situation for contemplation and reflection.

The source material consists of synthesized tones and radio static collected on a portable synthesizer, a single field recording of the wind, and photographs of the sky. From 2012 – 2015 this material was processed in the studio and used in live performances. The final compositions were created through improvisation with the insertion of 5 minute periods of inactivity every 15 minutes to simply contemplate where the piece had come and where it should go.

Idleness, Endlessness is presented here alongside two altered photographs, the sound element is presented as a singe two hour composition, looped, and not meant to be heard in its entirety.

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Idleness, Endlessness

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Idleness, Endlessness explores labor, leisure and engagement over two hour long compositions.

The source material for Idleness, Endlessness was collected while attending the Parkfield Artist Residency in September 2012. Parkfield is a unique retreat where invited artists have no obligation to create work, or anything other then their own meals each day. This creates a unique situation for contemplation and reflection.

The source material consists of synthesized tones and radio static collected on a portable synthesizer, and a single field recording of the wind. From 2012 – 2015 this material was processed in the studio and used in live performances. The final compositions were created through improvisation with the insertion of 5 minute periods of inactivity every 15 minutes to simply contemplate where the piece had come and where it should go.

Idleness, Endlessness is composed to so that the two pieces could be played back to back and looped creating an all day listening experience divorced from the engagement more traditional music demands.

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  1. Idleness
  2. Endlessness
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The Parkfield Review #3: 2012 – 2013

Catalog

In the summer of 2010, we decided to curate an experiment in group dynamics: we invited a few artists with ostensibly little in common, other than our acquaintance, to spend a weekend with us in Parkfield. – David Richards We have begun imagining a new world during our trips to Parkfield, a world where art is conversation and making, a world that is removed from, yet still engaged with, the city and its communities of artists. We are planting this world in the soil of a cattle ranch, in Parkfield. – Geoff Tuck Artists: Dewey Ambrosino, Joshua Aster, Josh Atlas, Jared Baxter, David Bell, Andras Blazsek, Andrea Bowers, John Burtle, Kristin Calabreese, Young Chung, Eduardo Consuegra, Vanessa Conte, Robert Crouch, Dominique Drozdz, Adam Feldmuth, Tara Foley, Jack Heard, Micol Hebron, Marcus Herse, EJ Hill, Jonathon Hornedo, Ian James, Kelly Kleinschrodt, Chris Lipomi, Kristi Lippire, Karen Lofgren, Ben Love, Ari Marcantonio, Jamie McKnight, Yann Novak, Chris Oliveria, Carl Pomposelli, Gala Porras-Kim, Max Schwartz, Leah Shirley, Bobbi Woods, and Matt Wardell.