Tuning (Terrestrial | Transcendent)

by Absolute Value of Noise with Gívan Belá

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Two mellow radio pieces to close out the summer in the northern hemisphere.

"Scavenging" plays with recordings from a live performance at Destroy Vancouver 15 (March 12, 2016). This show was produced by John Brennan, Elisa Ferrari and VIVO.

AVN moved around the stage with his large bicycle wheel ELF antenna and discovered magnetic frequencies resonating in the semi-dormant equipment of the other performers (who had setup their gear on stage before the show). Katherine Kline (from Canada) was stage right; Arma Agharta (from Lithuania) was stage left; Peter Kutin (from Austria) was up stage; and a few circuits were suspended from the ceiling down stage in the middle. This piece is a remix of the live ELF recordings.

parts list: intro (00:00) .. kk (00:40) .. aa (06:20) .. pk (10:54) .. extro (17:00) .. fin (17:50).

"Luminiferous" is based around the sounds of shortwave radio tuning as simulated on the cornet. The piece is extracted and remixed from a generative web-stream that I made with Gívan Belá for Art's Birthday: January 17, 2017.

The piece imagines a journey through the upper atmosphere where sounds from Vancouver travel to meet up with sounds from Vysočina. In between they encounter high-flying birds and perhaps the mysterious sounds of angels bouncing off the stratosphere. Cornet by absolute value of noise. Pocket Trumpet by Gívan Belá.

parts list: cornet shortwave (00:00) .. cornet geese (01:58) .. guy 4 a (05:05) .. guy 1 a (16:53) .. fin (22:27).


released October 4, 2017


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Influenced by Merzbow, the Haters, Negativland and other denizens of noise-art culture, Absolute Value of Noise takes sound to the extreme. The artist likes to work with "gadgetry" - custom turntables, lamp filaments, wire coils, high voltage ionizers, robots, feedback systems, magnetic transmitters and receivers - to create both intense collages and minimal sonic threads. ... more

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