Whilst working on concrete ideas such as the walk piece in Le cruse – Pellevoisn I have also been trying out putting together different techniques to make a wall of small drawings or prints possibly together. These bird sounds are often high in pitch but also have depth of sound and intensity. So i have been visual playing around with how i might show the work in a gallery space.
Woodcut 1.20m x 70 cm printed on Kozo and backed onto wood panel with fluorescent paint This piece is just a fragment of what I hope to be a series of nightingale song strophes – recorded last year on April 17 . By using chinese ink to transfer the song strophe the wood changes the flow of the ink and these inconsistencies I have cut into the image. The bottom
25 min walk with 12 stops and short recordings. This 2 plate etching on copper is of about 14 seconds of ones stop . This wood had an incredible number of bird activity – I have counted about 11 in this sequence alone. This recording was made in Le creuse a very remote area of central france. Work in progress – looking at making all of the stops into etchings.
Pitch and colour of song ? How should I use colour within the woodcuts of the songs?… In a sense I need again to order or structure the colour – as every element is already being pulled apart within these songs in order to make them. It seems to me that the pitch of most of the birdsongs are all at a similar level so far..which in a sonogram is
birdsong and Syntax Having watched and done more research on the individual elements of birdsong I came across Noam Chomsky the American philosopher and linguist and a diagram comparing grammar in languages and birdsong . What was interesting was the attempt at analysing the recurrence of elements within the songs in the same way as human language is ordered and whether they were repeated into ‘sentences’ that were then used by
sonogram woodcuts. The transformation of what I was seeing on the computer and how to translate that in the studio ? I felt that the surface of these songs were somehow important, the time in these songs were intrinsic. So I have begun to make woodcuts of elements of them the idea being to be able to have a kind of Alphabet of birdsong that could be repeated and re
Sonograms I began by trying to record birdsong in the filed visually with a note book. The composer Messiaen – catalogue d’oiseux uses a bird for each section. This i found interesting as he went out into nature and would also make notes then translate them back into music. A problem is that you parade the melody and that for me it sounded quite harsh in relation to real birdsong.
Birdsong For quite some time now I have been interested in using notions of invisibility in my work and that has lead me to use braille in pieces for about the last 4 years. In April 2019 I began recording birdsong – particularly Nightingales which migrate from Africa to this region of France. The first recoding I made was on April 14 2019. These recordings were simply made on my
Its been an intensive period in the studio these last few months and i wanted to somehow record some of the dead ends that I go down to make work. Ive been walking every day and trying to record some of the the thoughts of things that i notice on those walks – often they are small things I notice, seemingly insignificant and yet they feel important enough to record