Song / Out of Town
Truckasauras Contribute Their Best Track Ever, "Bothell Trance," to London Exhibit, "Soundworks"
by Dave Segal
on Tue, Jun 19, 2012 at 11:24 AM
Seattle electronic ensemble Truckasauras are contributing a track for "Soundworks," a collection of tracks commissioned by the ICA in London to coincide with the showing of artist Bruce Nauman's exhibit Days, being shown there this summer. According to the press release, "Soundworks embraces the ephemeral and peripatetic nature of sound, creating an online platform that doubles as a virtual exhibition space."
Truckasauras' piece, "Bothell Trance," will appear on their forthcoming 2012 album. It will also be released as part of the Sequencing show of the 2012 series in August. Truck's longest work to date, "Bothell Trance" is a 15-minute tour de force of mantric, brisk rhythmic repetition, penetrating pings, strident synth stabs and excited piano(?)-string plucking. It sounds like an all-star minimalist-composer jam among Steve Reich, Arnold Dreyblatt, and Philip Glass. Breaking new ground for themselves, Truck have achieved a creative peak.
Bothell Trance is a 60 count form that explores the relationship between the 2, 3, 4, and 5 count. Voiced by three monophonic voices and one polyphonic voice. Each count has it’s own pitch and timbre and variations are derived from the common events the different counts share, patterns that emerge when visually represented, and the order in which the events occur. The variations are discovered and then arranged in an attempt to achieve musical elements. Harmonics, form, progression. Theme, rest, return. Lose, build momentum. Create, fill space. Producing dynamics through patterns of events that are within the confines of a static measurement and speed. The arrangement is circular.
The online and Gallery exhibitions go live at noon today, and it runs through September. More info after the cut.
From acoustic environments to audio fiction, commentary, found sounds, minimal composition, and experiments in music, the medium of sound is attractive to artists coming from a wide array of practices. This diversity is made apparent in SOUNDWORKS, a project which presents over 100 sound works by artists from across the world. Selected by ICA curators and art institutions worldwide, the artists have been invited to submit a sound file, taking its stimulus from the themes evoked in Bruce Nauman’s Days.
SOUNDWORKS embraces the ephemeral and peripatetic nature of sound, creating an online platform that doubles as a virtual exhibition space. The online presentation makes the works accessible worldwide, the place to explore sound as a medium which is simultaneously inclusive, interactive, and subversive. The exhibition includes a wide range of audible approaches by artists who have been working with the medium for many years, as well as artists taking their first venture into sonic arts. The exhibition will be presented online and in the ICA Galleries.
The sound season will be accompanied by a series of talks, screenings, and performances that culminates in a 2 day programme of events on 14–15 September.
To explore the SOUNDWORKS online space please visit www.ica.org.uk/soundworks