Joseph Kamaru. 'Variations' 2019/2020. Three-channel field recording/experimental sound, loudspeaker system.
Listening is often driven by a desire for understanding. It's an attempt to make associations, to recognize the sound as familiar to what we hear into known categories. Its also described and experienced as solidarity and individual practice, deeply personal and private. Field recording is one tool that enhances critical listening, using environmental sources as compositional tools. In 'Variations', the three channels of the work protract and complicate the listening experience. The soundscapes of the three locations will be installed as 3-channel audio, protracted at equidistant angles (Speakers) forcing the listener to stand centrally between either of the speakers to perceive the piece of two different locations or start in the center and listen to the entire scape collage. Movement and memory is key in this installation as it affects how the listener will hear the sounds, depending on the position of the ears, and understanding the piece as a whole.
November 11th, 2019 - Abuja Art Week (Nigeria)
March 2020 -TBC (Nairobi)