‘Decomposing Loops’ at ICA’s new exhibition SOUNDWORKS

20 Jun

I have been commissioned by ICA to compose a new sound work for the exhibition, SOUNDWORKS! It’s called ‘Decomposing Loops’. The exhibition at ICA is showing, 19 June 2012 – 16 September 2012, but the SOUNDWORKS web platform will continue to be active. Listen to the piece on the SOUNDWORKS Platform or ICA’s Soundcloud ! Here’s more info about the piece:

‘Decomposing Loops’ is a sound piece that is entirely composed of a singular 78rpm gramophone record loop, that is repeated and layered and over time becomes fragmented. The loops are composed of the sound of the re-appropriated record slowing down before it eventually stops at the end of the song. Tactile re-appropriation techniques have been used to extract the intrinsic sounds and no additional audio effects have been applied. ‘Decomposing Loops’ echo and reverberate the same musical fragment, repeatedly, illuminating the inherent simplicity and complexity of repetition.


Over one hundred new sound works have been produced by artists from all over the world. Selected by our curators and art institutions worldwide, the artists have been invited to submit a sound work, taking its stimulus from themes evoked in Bruce Nauman’s Days, presented concurrently in the lower gallery, as part of our season on sound.

SOUNDWORKS embraces the ephemeral nature of sound, and presents an online platform that doubles as a virtual exhibition space. This site aims to make the works internationally accessible, a place to explore the genre as a medium which is simultaneously inclusive, interactive, and subversive. It 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 the sonic arts.

Bruce Nauman, ‘Days’

This is the UK premiere of Bruce Nauman’s seminal work Days, a sound installation which presents a continuous stream of seven voices reciting the days of the week in random order. Fourteen flat panel speakers will be installed in the lower gallery, one voice emanating from each pair of speakers as the visitor passes between them. (http://www.ica.org.uk/32839/Exhibitions/SOUNDWORKS.html)

The work invokes both the banality and the profundity of the passing of each day, and invites reflection on how we measure, differentiate and commemorate time. Nauman’s work constantly tests rational systems of language, spatial and bodily encounters, the passage of time and psychology, through constructed environments. His pioneering work spans more than five decades and encompasses a wide spectrum of media including sculpture, drawing, site-specific installation, sound pieces, neon, photography, film, video, performance and text/language. (http://www.ica.org.uk/33310/Exhibitions/Bruce-Nauman-Days.html)


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