Samples: Glen Hadden electric guitar, Rachel Johnston cello, Melanie Walters flute
Created in Goodwood, South Australia (backstage at the Goodwood Institute)
About: During a discussion with Stephen Whittington, we got onto the topic of 'balance' in art, and how to know whether a piece is balanced or not. We discussed different approaches to this - for example how the notion of a balanced composition in a romantic European painting would differ greatly from that of Japanese traditions. As we talked about balance in improvisation, and how this is a dynamic process of error correction, we got to talking about cooking - adjusting the flavours as you go. Stephen spoke about traditions the food is not tasted until it's finished. This led me to the idea of making music without listening to it. Electronic music is uniquely suited to this, as one can completely mute the audio - unlike with an acoustic instrument, where blocking your ears would still leave vibrations being felt through your body.
So this piece was made with the audio muted - just going on intuition. It is interesting, because for one it is quite a balanced composition for such a short piece, and secondly because I have often intended to do short pieces, but I find it very difficult to do so - error correction or a need for resolution often pulls me along into very long pieces.
Although there is the danger of this method simply devolving into a parlour trick, it has great potential for breaking me out of my comfort zone when needed, and allowing some other mode of intuition to open and lead.