Image: Annie Morrad at Verge Gallery, University of Sydney, February 2018
“Grid 2” is the second composition to come out of our project “Grid”. Grid 2 is a single one hour durational piece constructed for code, samples, field recording, and improvised saxophones, piano, and guitars. It was broadcast on Aug 19, 2017 via out Itinerant Mind show on Wave Farm. On August 3 2017 we performed a live improv around this composition at Aphantasia (Eight Hour Shift), an art performance by Annie Morrad, Andrew Bracey and Steve Dutton in London at AND Event Space. An recorded edit of that performance was played on SoundArt Radio (UK) during their recent DroneWeek.
The Grid project utilizes concepts of the grid, sound, music, improvisation and cities.
The cities are chosen for their personal links to the participating practitioners. This interposes grid structures on London (via ordinance survey maps and staves) on Sydney via structured coded sound drones, and on NY via live improvisation and broadcast. The aim is to create sonic and ultimately visual structures that offer pretention for new and efferent forms of sound and audio visual outputs. This references philosophical and theoretical ideas on rhythm (through polyrhythms and Bachelard’s society and rhythm) structures and when to break these (using music theory and Prevost’s writing). These notions have been further developed in different cities, including Shanghai and Chongqing, China in 2017 and this will continue through 2018.