ECHO CHAMBER is an interview series stemming from my sound installation ECHO ORGAN, which centers on grief and its relation to musical experiences.
I’m documenting the experiences of other musicians to develop the question of music’s power to recall memories and incite deep emotions. I release discussions held with new artists and musicians every two weeks on my blog, and they can also be found on iTunes. Guests so far have included musicians such as Clara de Asis, Isabelle Duthoit, Adam Goodwin, Benedict Taylor and Audrey Chen, and feature extracts of music as well as aphoristic fragments from text written by my dad, for whose death my grieving became the driving force of this project.
For the first interviews, I invited several active musicians in the experimental scene in Berlin and London to talk about their life as musicians and the emotional struggle and release involved in the art they practice. Some discussions took place in the corner of a large gallery space lit only by a low-level lamp; this created all at once a cavernous acoustic space reminiscent of a church, and a visually intimate environment reminiscent perhaps of a confessional. Although it seemed an undesirable acoustic effect at first, I found that our echoey voices as heard in these recordings took on symbolic sense – inciting intimate memories and reflections on the self.
Please get in touch in the ABOUT page for more info or if you feel this is related to your own artistic practice and/or if you’d be interested in taking part in one of the next interviews.