Dear Aaron and Luke,
I write to you all with an incredible sense of hope that the work we each so resolutely endeavor to create has the capacity to radically disrupt the totalizing forces of capital in order to “change the world without taking power” (Holloway, 2002).
To this end I am extending an invitation, for your consideration, to all 2020 co-incidence festival participants to collaborate in the realization of a yet-to-be-named work which aims to extract, dislocate, and fragment the sounding environment(s) of Somerville via field recordings, collected by any means available, on either solo and/or small group dérives of two or three, in order to engage in a psychogeographical praxis which will allow us to become more acutely attuned to:
the sudden change of ambiance in a street within the space of a few meters; the evident division of a city into zones of distinct psychic atmospheres; the path of least resistance which is automatically followed in aimless strolls (and which has no relation to the physical contour of the ground); the appealing or repelling character of certain places” (Debord, 1955/2006b).
It is my hope that through this attenuation of awareness and deliberate act of solidarity that we can begin to enter a constructed situation, “a moment of life concretely and deliberately constructed by the collective organization of a unitary ambiance and a game of events” (Debord, 1958/2006a). This type of constructed situation attempts to allow a space where we can interact as people, unmediated by commodities, in order to subvert the degradation and fragmentation of our lives produced by the totalizing forces of capital.
My compositional process will include collecting all field recordings and constructing a “sonic cartography” that simulates, and to a degree poetically extrapolates, our various dérives in/around Somerville. I will then provide timescales in the score/map corresponding to the relative time and duration in which (a) particular recording(s) will sound. I will also include text fragments, gathered from various anti-capitalist philosophers and artists, which could potentially serve as suggestions to engender psychological spaces to enter in order to guide or shape how we individually and/or collectively interact with the environment(s)-in-playback and each other. I anticipate that the total duration of the work will be very roughly one to three hours.
I greatly appreciate your time and consideration in reviewing my invitation/proposal and I wholeheartedly look forward to receiving your decision.
Debord, G.-E. (2006a). Definitions. In K. Knabb (Ed. & Trans.), The Situationist International anthology. Berkeley, CA: Bureau of Public Secrets. (Original work published 1958).
Debord, G.-E. (2006b). Introduction to a critique of urban geography. In K. Knabb (Ed. & Trans.), The Situationist International anthology. Berkeley, CA: Bureau of Public Secrets. (Original work published 1955).
Holloway, J. (2002). Change the world without taking power. London: Pluto Press.