Justin Bennett & HC Gilje - Mikro

Mikro. Image courtesy of the Artists
Mikro is a series of improvised collaborative performances between HC Gilje (video) and Justin Bennett (sound) that draws its raw material from the immediate surroundings. On the last day of the Dark Ecology Journey, Bennett and Gilje will perform the latest version of Mikro using material gathered over the course of the Journey. Gilje will use a microscope to examine and capture textures of the various found materials, which are added to a continuously changing video loop: new images constantly replace old ones. Organic, mineral, synthetic, processed: dead and live materials come together in a flicker bonanza. The modus operandi for the sound in Mikro is inspired by and similar to Gijle’s video processing techniques. Sounds are created by manipulating found materials – metal, paper, plant material, stones, and other objects – to reveal their textures and resonances. Very quiet sounds are amplified using different kinds of microphones: miniature mics, contact mics, ultrasonic detectors, etc. The sounds are then processed digitally. Small memory buffers are filled with audio data, which is then ‘read’ in different ways: granulation, brassage, delays, rhythmical ‘step sequencers’ and convolution. Different buffers can send audio to each other so that feedback loops occur within the software as well as through the loudspeakers and microphones. Mikro is a work by Justin Bennett and HC Gilje, commissioned by Dark Ecology 2016.

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