Part of the So Many Styles, So Many Symphonies Series. The Architecture of Sound is a Digital Collage that celebrates minimal musical styles and compositions. Minimal styles span various genres including the contemporary classical forms of composers such as Phillip Glass, Micheal Nyman and Steven Reich, reaching through electronica via the ambient works of Brian Eno and Mike Oldfield, into minimal techno acts such as Bonobo and La Fleur. Minimal musical compositions are marked by luminous points of sound and subtle variations in repitition which underpin elegant sonic structures. Through carefully considered constellations of musical interaction, these works demonstrate the rich emotive musicality that is invoked through paying careful attention to the individual elements of a composition, and how they are finely altered by their relationships to one another.
Part of the So Many Styles, So Many Symphonies Series. Set Synths To Stun is a Digital Collage that celebrates the evolution of electronic music through the introduction of sythesizers, drum machines and polyphonic keyboards. These new and powerful tools enabled an unprecidented range of sound manipulation and the ability to electronically replicate a wide variety of instruments, giving even one musician an awsome range. This new found freedom ushered in a fresh era of experimentation and possiblity, giving birth to a huge variety of new musical work.
It lead to the vast and expansive sounds of acts likes Jean-Michel Jarre, Brian Eno and Kate Bush. The technical supremacy of Kraftwerk. The fantastically unapologetic pop-cheese of bands like Spandau Ballet and Men With Hats; while setting the stage for the darker edgier tones of Depech Mode and Joy Division, as well as other amazing acts of this era such as The Human League, Soft Cell, Gary Numan and Tears For Fears.
In recent years the creation of electronic music has crossed new thresholds with the advent of live digital sampling and the powerful and elegant accuracy of software manipulation. While these have provided new ways and means for artists to experiment and evolve, they owe their rich heritage to the distinctive sounds of the pioneers of this period.
I was delighted to recently receive a lovely message from the poet and photographer @curiositykilledthecatri inviting me to respond to some of her words.
Her prompt was:
"Let's come together
In chorus, together"
It was lovely to get a prompt to make something related to Music and its also given me some ideas for a new series which will be arriving soon. So a great big thanks thanks Catri !
"Extinction Symbols” (2019) - Digital Collages . I felt inspired this week by the Student Cimate Strike, the powerful words of Greta Thunberg, the creative activism of @extinctionrebellion and the mobilisation of global climate activism. So I decided to play around and mix up their Extinction Symbol using Digital Collage techniques. Here are three versions Land, Air and Sea. Anyone wishing to make use of any/all of these three images have my express permission to do so.
To learn more about the Extinction Rebellion Organisation you can visit: http://rebellion.earth
When A Child Is Faced With An Impossible Task is a Digtal Collage that struggles to manage in the world of the adult. Sometimes in life children can end up being raised into inappropriate positions of adult responsibility. In the terms of Family Systems Theory we can say that the child has been subsumed into their family’s parental/spousal subsystem (In other words they have been misplaced into the role of a parent/spouse). Sometimes a child may even reverse roles entirely with their own parent (s) in order to act as a caregiver. This process is known as emotional parentification, and the strain of it can create deep feelings of confusion, sadness, lostness, powerlessness and isolation as the child struggles to handle emotional roles and tasks for which they are simply unequipped.
An almost inevitable result of this process is the loss of their childhood, as it is laid aside to make room for the excessive adult responsibility that they are now faced with. This gargantuan task of negotiating the adult world without the benefit of sufficient maturity or experience may cause the child to manage by adopting ridged roles of excessive care giving and an unrealistic sense of over-responsibility for the people and situations that surround them. A child can therefore carry an internal attitude that they must always put the needs of others before their own, and that they are solely responsible for negative outcomes in life. This exhausting and self-sacrificing attitude may then follow them into later life, ironically stunting their own growth to maturity in adulthood. Heavy stuff, so don’t forget to look after yourself and to get out and play.
Happy Christmas to all my family and friends. I hope you all had safe travels home and went unhindered by the Robotocizied Flying Demons of Gatwick Airport (Unrelated to the Ghost Cars of Croydon). I hope you are all happy and safe during this holiday season and in the year ahead!
Part Of The Inner Space Series. Resonant Empathy is a Digital Collage which reverbrates like a tuning fork with the experiences of another and chimes a deeply resonant note within. Empathy is a natural capacity we share that enables us to feel into and understand the pains, trials, tribulations and joys of our common humanity. We get to the heart of a matter by opening up, listening attentively and picking up that which occurs in each other; as well as in the space between us. By practicing Empathy we learn to lay aside our own predjudices, predilictions and agendas in service of entering into the lived experiences of another person, stepping into their shoes and seeing the world from their eyes.
When we meet at this deeper level, we reach out and bridge the gaps between one and other; We can form powerful bonds, erode isolation and gain new insights, whilst providing sustenance and support to those around us. By really taking in the experiences of others, the act of empathy changes us; like a chemical reaction the interaction alters both parties, promoting growth, and deepening understanding of other people, of our own self, of how we relate, of the nature of meaning in our lives, and of the brilliance and burdens of the existences that we share.
Here at Free Form Trouble we scour the worlds greatest Libraries, Aquire the most deeply classified military documents and trade in the most exotic black markets to uncover, catalogue and record these rarest of beasts in the annals of our archives. Whilst (Hopefully) most of these creatures have disappeared many moons ago, We are commited to recording their details here in case we ever encounter their Ilk again. So without further ado Rare Monster Sighting #1: The Great Winged Aphyatrix.
"Allied Forces Take Cover From The Great Winged Aphyatrix" (1938) - Photographer Unknown.
This is the only surviving photographic record of this terrifying beast. Allied Troops are seen here taking cover during a chance encounter with a Great Winged Aphyatrix on the battlefield. Reaching over 45 Meters tall and with a wingspan of 30 Meters the Aphyatrix is completely flightless, but it is extremely venomous and with razor sharp talons it is capable of running at top speeds of 24km. Although they were hunted to extinction only as recently as the 1980's its already hard to believe that such frightening creatures ever existed!
For more Rare Monster Sightings check out the archive here.
A great big thanks to Gestalten Publishers for featuring some work from my Inner Space series as part of their Creative Pool. Gestalten have produced some of my favourite books on Illustration and Collage so its an honour.
A little more about the publishers: The Gestalten narrative exists beyond the textual realm; regardless of the medium at hand, Gestalten wishes to inform and inspire our community. We welcome you to enter Gestalten's world of creative culture whether between our pages, indulging in images and films online, or at one of our international events. We look forward to the result: mutual inspiration.
Now thats certainly a mission statement that I can get behind!
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