Ben Vida's new LP, based on a concrete poetry score / text piece.
“Slipping Control” derives from the text piece “Tztztztzt Î Í Í...” wrote in 2013 by Ben Vida.
Composed to act as a score, a sound piece and as raw data for electronic control source, “Tztztztzt Î Í Í...” became the intrinsic element that tied some different pieces of art made by Ben Vida and presented at the eponymous show at AVA Gallery (NY, USA) in april 2013.
“I was interested in the rhythm of speaking, interested in using the voice to create rhythmic patterns that would inevitably break out of time and become asymmetrical and awkward. I wanted to create one set of control sources (the text) and run them through a bunch of different systems (the video, the book, the record etc) and see how the original source material morphed and changed as it manifested in these different modalities. The process of developing each unique work involved setting of control paths for the text to be processed though. In terms of this path the first step after writing the text was to find the primary filter of interpretation and translation that would start this process of slipping control—and this is where Tyondai and Sara come in...”
A Control Path may look something like this:
Text > Performer/Vocalist > Voiced Recording > Electronic Analysis > Reconfigured
Text > Audio Synthesis > LP Record.
Or maybe like this:
Text > Performer/Vocalist > Video/Audio Recording > Electronic Analysis > Audio Synthesis > Video Editing > Color Synthesis > Video Installation.
Text > Performer/Vocalist > Video/Audio Recording > Electronic Analysis > Audio Synthesis > Video Editing > Color Synthesis > Video Installation > Color Field Panel Display.
Or more simply:
Text > Poster
Pubblished on the occasion of the eponymous exhibition at AVA gallery, New York, in 2013.
Edition of 500 copies.
Ben Vida is a Brooklyn based composer, improviser and artist. He produces compositions that utilize analog and digital synthesizing technologies and focus on aural phenomena and auditory illusions. He has released records with PAN, ALKU, Thrill Jockey, Drag City, Amish, Bottrop-Boy, Hapna and Kranky (under the alias of Bird Show). As both a solo artist and in collaboration he has presented his work in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, South Korea and Japan.