New album “DMARC”

 

This release is the result of an intense period of study, experimentation and creativity (2009-2010). All works were produced while studying a Masters Degree in Music Technology at the Digital Media and Arts Research Centre at the University of Limerick, Ireland.

These pieces reflect my interest in having a meaningful interaction with technology in performance. Source material for the most part is field recordings that fall into 2 categories; urban and rural. These opposite sound worlds are probed and manipulated to explore a possible dialog or meeting point, and to also subvert their context. Similar to the discussion about “what is noise”, the beauty of this output is open to opinion and this material is part of that discussion.

I wish to thank Dr. Robert Sazdov, Dr. Kerry Hagen, and Jurgen Simpson for their time, expertise, and encouragement, the experience was transformational.

From Dark Comes Light

From Dark Comes Light from Alan Gleeson on Vimeo.

From Dark Comes Light is a sound and visual installation that I recently exhibited in Berlin. It metaphorically explores the sound of the universe that is hidden but omnipresent.

A hypothetical situation based on an imagined possibility, manipulated to show the truth but presented as a lie that no one has ever experienced but knows exists.

A satellite reaching out, what a wonder to journey to who knows where, who knows care, does anyone care, is anyone there.

Everywhere is nowhere, as it is nowhere we have been but would like to go, isolation brings wonder, our ear lids are wide.

Before the bang it was black, then it was white, and so it remains, though energy fades, it still abounds, and still delights and conveys much. Continue reading “From Dark Comes Light”

MANUFACTURED TIME – FILTER II Sound-Art Series

Developed over a 2 week period and shown for one night on 23rd July 2015 Manufactured Time was a project initiated by Willan Octave-Emile with myself and Ivo Gretener. We all collaborated to explore the open-ended and multi-dimensional relationship between sound and time. The project was (is) a composition of fragments of sound and video, mixing memories, clichés, actual experiences and illusions. It searches a short event becoming long, something appearing random, chaotic and rich, not having an end and a beginning, which actually reveals itself to be an ordinate loop, a repetition.

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SYNTHESIS VOL. 2

Excited to have a track selected for this compilation which is released today. SYNTHESIS VOL. 2 is an International compilation of intelligent works produced by professional sound artists and musicians from South Korea, Uruguay, Ireland, Venezuela, Greece, Belgium, Brazil, Sweden, France, Poland, Mexico, Denmark, Israel, the UK, Colombia, Italy and the US. A big thanks to Vero Mota & Urban Arts Berlin for the time and effort taken to organise and release this. Listen, enjoy, buy and share. Cover image by Daniel Palacios

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Waldeinsamkeit

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Recently I developed a soundtrack for a collaborative exhibition with Irene Cruz called Waldeinsamkeit, curated by Ana Sanfrutos of Circular Culture. Waldeinsamkeit is a German word that roughly translates  as “the feeling of being alone in the woods”. Not in a negative sense but by taking pleasure in being immersed in nature and its power. As part of the exhibition Irene Cruz present a series of photographs and a number of videos exploring this theme. For the videos I created a number of soundscapes and as part of the installation I created an immersive soundscape. Presented in surround sound it attempts on some small level to create a synesthetic experience while viewing these images and videos.

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Hack the Bells

This a piece I created for the Hack the Bells remix competition for carillon. Instruments and sounds emanating for instruments such as Carillons and Bells were once keynote sounds in the pre-industrial soundscape. They would resonant far into the surrounding land, as far as the ear could travel, unobstructed by the din that now dominates the acoustic landscape. As time passed and the “sacred noise” of industry rose up, these sonorous outbursts have been strangled into submission. This piece harks/hacks back to that time when the subtlety of such timbral detail could be appreciated, a side-effect being that other sounds could also live and breath in harmony. I have included occasional sonic clues of what was to come, but for the most part I have focused on an unimpaired look to the audible horizon, traveling on the undulating wind with the carillon.

Audio material used in the piece in generated from the sample library (CC BY-SA 4.0) of the carillon in the Sather Tower at the University of California, Berkeley, San Francisco, America. Additional field recording is from a forest location in Limerick, Ireland.

MNM at the ZKM

While the R&D for Feeedback5 moves ahead with lots of exciting developments MNM has been out on tour, this time to the ZKM in Karlsruhe. MNM is conceptualized & directed by Christian Graupner/Humatic and features Mieko Suzuki & Ming Poon. The software has been programmed by João Pais with the support of Musical Interaction Team at IRCAM Centre Pompidou / Norbert Schnell with tech & music collaboration from myself. While it has been displayed in the past as an standalone installation we have also developed a stage version, which is what we performed at the ZKM last week, with DJ Meiko Suzuki at the controls.

New Ears

A while back I treated myself to some specialist microphones; a contact mic, hydrophone, & a coil-pickup mic purchased from Jez Riley. To be honest I should be doing more recording with them as they are awesome and great fun. One reason for getting them was that I am always quite frustrated when recording the city soundscape due to the monotony and lo-fi nature offered in these locations. It’s not so much the aggressive noisy nature of a city but when trying to capture particular sounds of interest there is always a drone of background information accompanying the sound in focus. Already I am delighted by the potential offered by these new mics, and wonder why it took me so long to get them 🙂