Murdering The Time
Sound units and vocal utterances are neither atom or Cartesian points, but an elastic fold stretching the potential of the sound world. A multiplicity of sounds fold into the unity, which is in this instance inspired by Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention: “Return of the son of Monster Magnet” (1966), Mauricio Kagel: “Anagramma” (1957/58) and Lewis Carroll: “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” (1865).
Vocal: Raven. Text: Claire Fitch. Inspiration: Chapter 7, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Lewis Carroll.
Murdering The Time
Guessed the riddle yet? Haven’t the slightest idea. Better with the time. Time as well as I. Never even spoke to Time. Beat time when I learn. Twinkle, little bat! How I wonder what you’re at! Tea-tray in the sky. Murdering the time! Always six o’clock now It’s always tea-time I’ve had nothing yet. Easy take more than nothing Asked your opinion. Was a treacle well. Better finish the story. Course they were well in. Very curious. May as well go in at once. Age better this time.
Voice: Paul Murphy. Text Excepts from: Brendan Behan, Drogheda Independent and Paul Murphy. Photographic Excerpts: Sean Collins. Visual and Audio: Claire Fitch.
1963, Drogheda Co. Louth. Brendan Behan was sitting in the bar of the White Horse Hotel. This is an artists response to an interview with Paul Murphy, former Editor of the Drogheda Independent, where he describes heading into the hotel to get an interview with Brendan Behan.
Three Days in May
Recordings from three walks around Drogheda and Laytown in May 2015 are folded into each other as a mass, there is no preference, with no foreground, middle ground or background. The texture is created from the natural rise and fall in amplitude and frequency. The Gamescore can be accessed here.
Written in His Voice
This work is an electroacoustic response to Victor Daniels talking about his experiences during World War II. Breaking a silence of almost 70 years he recalled his involvement in "Operation Gomorrah" when, as a 23yr old Sergeant in RAF 76 Squadron he participated in bombing raids on Essen and Hamburg. The work is a response to his memories of being shot down over enemy territory in July 1943 and his subsequent captivity as a prisoner of war in Stalag 4B.
Video example from the work Mrs McNa (2020), inspired from the two characters, Mrs McNamara and Mrs Matchwell who appear in chapters 29 and 30 of Sheridan Le Fanu’s The House by the Churchyard (1863). Bernard Clarke and Martina Murray recited the text which was exhibited as part of Scribbledehobble, curated by Bernard Clarke and Kaleidoscope at Museum of Literature of Ireland, 2020. The transmedia text is available online via Twitter, via SoundCloud, and on YouTube.
Unity Beeps (2015) is inspired by the work of Mika Vainio. One beeps is played at 110bpm and another is played at 111bpm. It takes 2 minutes for them to move into sync and another 2 minutes for them to move out of sync. The Gamescore may be accessed Here.