Digital Audio Album
VERY FAST & VERY FAR / Tim Bruniges, Julian Day, Matt McGuigan
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|Very Fast & Very Far for electronics||Julian Day, Tim Bruniges and Matthew McGuigan||Matthew McGuigan, Tim Bruniges, Julian Day||24 mins, 30 sec.|
In 1977 the US government sent two unmanned probes - Voyager I &
Voyager II - on a one-way journey into interstellar space. On
board each craft, a carefully etched golden record containing
sonic artefacts of life on earth, including fragments of Bach &
traditional musics, sounds of animals & nature, an audio
realisation of the 'music of the sphere's' & children's
As the 40th anniversary of the mission loomed, the three artists, working here together for the first time, locked themselves in a dark studio, armed with three things: a gleaming desktop computer & microphone running custom software (pulled from a previous gallery installation by Tim Bruniges), a pair of keyboards from the era, & a laboriously hunted-down playlist of fragments from the original golden record (this was before the Ozma boxset existed…). The setup was such that Bruniges & Day could each hear McGuigan's collaged Voyager excerpts but not each other's responses, like a sonic exquisite corpse.
Each artist brings insights from their diverse extra-musical practices, sound art, film making & writing, which lends a keenly sculptural approach to the material. The results are mysterious & evocative, like a submerged fever dream.
The release includes a poignant lyric essay 'Termination Shock' that ruminates on the Voyager program, comparing the implicit melancholy of its steady recession with a long-distance relationship coming apart.
CD: X / Ros Dunlop
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