axial performance

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axial performance

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sound nature

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(2010) (14 min. 47 sec.), an axial performance, created for the occasion of Blago Bung 5, a performance evening at the Emily Harvey Foundation in NYC on October 23, 2010.

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The axial percussion soundtrack, recorded live: GQ playing two Roland electronic drums (the Octapad and the SPD-S), the one using nine prearranged drumsets (eight drums each per set), the other with nine sampled words (one per drumpad played asyntactically). The nine words make up the poem (preverb)–

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wise eyes sound nature waking you up inside it

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–which constitutes the core of the piece and is presented in animated graphic units in twelve freeze frames throughout the piece (text design by Susan Quasha).

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The sync with sound in the present video is an exact reproduction of the spontaneous composition during the performance with no subsequent sound edits. The spoken words are produced by live drumming on the drum-sampler.

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The original video, projected in the performance, was recorded 10.10.10 with a hand-held HDV camera (Sony HVR Z1U) at the Barrytown shore near sunset on the Hudson River, and takes an edited sequence of under a minute below the framerate (30 fps) to reveal further configuration.

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Stella’s Dance

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presents Stella Feldschuh’s spontaneous dance while on a nature walk April 4th, 2010 in Barrytown, New York, on the West bank of the Hudson River, beside a bay inlet connected to Tivoli Bays. Recorded and edited by George Quasha with an added track of axial drumming, it was originally edited for his performance of an axial lecture with animated “preverbs” (“axial poems”), video, and acoustic and digital drumming, first performed on April 30th, 2010 at Barnard College/Columbia University as part of AG3: the Third International Arakawa & Gins Conference in Architecture and Philosophy. The second performance was on July 3rd, 2010 in Rhinebeck, New York, for Steven Holl and guests.

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Stella’s Ballad of the Growing Camera

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presents Stella Feldschuh’s spontaneous ballad-like poem created in a spirited performance on July 26th, 2009 in Barrytown, New York, during a family outing by the Hudson River. Stella’s remarkable creation becomes more and more traditional in basic rhythm as she goes along for ten uninterrupted minutes, and caused some of us to fantasize that she might be a reincarnation of the great Scottish-American poet Helen Adam! Not only the tone and rhythm, but a certain look in the eyes of one transported by what is inside the emerging recital.

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Recorded and edited by George Quasha. Also present for the occasion were Stella’s parents, Jonathan & Carla Feldschuh; her brother, Jasper Feldschuh; her aunt, Susan Quasha; Sheva Fruitman; and Alana Siegel, Stella’s collaborator in an extension of this performance, also recorded and the subject of a separate video.

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