Sunday, November 03, 2013
Heavy Rotation 11-2-13
Finally, there is this...
Pat Noecker is someone I am proud to know. He explained Transmissions in A and E to me a couple of times, but the concept was so abstract and hard to envision. I couldn't really "see" it. The outcome is phenomenal, rich and filled with surprising sonic textures. Although this obviously wasn't released as a recording, the video proves there is a way sound exists and it can change our environment through its complexity. Pat controlled the initial sounds through his iPhone. That is something I greatly respect about this project. It is experimental as shit. And that brings me back to the first sentence about this piece and about this work. I feel like Pat took risks to make this happen. Of course, it was practiced to an extent, but it is still an experiment in sound and a magical one at that. I'm not going to give that much away, as it needs to be seen and heard to fully appreciate it, but here is the concept in a nutshell: Pat played the tone/note of A through an app on his phone, looped it and then had 11 other instrumentalists meet the key. Instrument after instrument, adding to the layers of a consistent and solid sound to a pitch. Later, this same concept is repeated in E. Amazing.
His tumblr/blog is here and it is a good read: Pat's blog