SD video w/ Dolby Digital 5.1 audio - 2000 + 2004
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Evaporated Music is a trilogy of Dolby 5.1 SD video suites full of grossly emotional imagery and monstrously alien sound. In Evaporated Music 1, big-budget hi-gloss video clips by Elton John, Billy Joel & Phil Collins; and Gloria Estefan, Celine Dion & Mariah Carey are taken whole and uninterrupted. In Evaporated Music 2, a range of appearances of 'fake' bands on TV shows (California Dreams, Pugwall, Full House, The Heights, Kids Incorporated, Saved By The Bell) are rescored with metal music. In Evaporated Music 3, uploaded videos of performances by a selection of amateur and professional string quartets are the focus.

In all three cases, the audio track of music is erased. In Evaporated Music 1, it is replaced by a complete cinematic sound design, constructed to synch to every on-screen movement. In Evaporated Music 2, a song is heard, but it is a completely new metal song composed to perfectly match the performers' movements and vocalization. In Evaporated Music 3, the string quartets' music music is replaced by the sounds of their bodies alone. This project continues a long line of work in the co-joining of new audio to pre-existing imagery, and Evaporated Music is a most extreme audio-visual meld. The effect is seamless and unsettling – yet utterly bereft of the original songs and music.

Parts a-c were produced in 2000. The remaing parts d-f were produced in 2004.

Philip's published writing on audiovision in relation to video clips includes the article Baby You're The Right Kind of Wrong: Pop Music, Cinema & Other Holes plus the series Rock & Pop Video Clips. See also the artist's talks EVAPORATED MUSIC & The Abject In Pop Music - and EVAPORATED MUSIC, Revoicing & Gendered Vocalization plus Image is Asprin - Sound is Sperm - Philip's unpublished response to the questionnaire from the exhibition VIDEO HITS: Art & Music Video.

For information on the second installment of this project: Evaporated Music 2: In The Mouth Of Metal

For information on the third installment of this project: Evaporated Music 3: Classical Corpus Delecti


Evaporated Music 1

Neon Parc Gallery, Melbourne (Part 1 a-f) (5.1 version)
SOUNDINGS: A CONTEMPORARY SCORE, Museum of Modern Art, New York (Part 1 a-f) (5.1 version)
REMIX, 16th Film & History Conference, Melbourne (Part 1d & f) (stereo version)
TERRAINS, Gallery Stampa, Basel (Part 1a-f) (5.1 version)
ELECTRIFIED VOICES, Konstanz (Part 1d & f) (stereo version)
MIND THE GAP, Society for New Music, Frankfurt (Part 1 b ,d & e) (5.1 version)
VIDEO LOGIC, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (Part 1 a-f) (5.1 version)
TRACE ELEMENTS, Tokyo Opera City Gallery, Tokyo (Part 1 a-f) (5.1 version)
POP SHOP, Gallery Mu, Eindhoven (Part 1 a-f) (5.1 version)
REVELATION, Perth International Film Festival, Perth (Part 1 a-f) (stereo version)
INTERFACE, The Big Reservoir, Berlin (Part 1 a-f) (5.1 version)
SCANNERS, New York Video Festival, New York (Part 1 c+d) (stereo version)
VIDEO HITS, Queensland Art Gallery, (Part 1 a-c) (stereo version)
Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne (Part 1 a-f) (5.1 version)
I THOUGHT I KNEW BUT I WAS WRONG - NEW VIDEO ART FROM AUSTRALIA, Jamjuree Gallery & Chulalongkorn University Gallery, Bangkok; Beijing Millenium Monument (MAAP) (Part 1 c+d) (stereo version)
VIDEO STORE, Foxy Gallery, New York (Part 1 a-c) (stereo version)
Adelaide International Film Festival (Part 1 a-c) (5.1 version)
TREATMENT, Institute for Modern Art, Brisbane (Part 1 a-c) (5.1 version)
LIQUID ARCHITECTURE 3, Treasury Theatre, Melbourne (Part 1 a+b) (5.1 version)
RENT, Overgaden, Oslo (Part 1 a+b) (stereo version)
RENT, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne (Part 1 a+b) (stereo version)
FREEDOM, RMIT Gallery, Melbourne (Part 1 c) (stereo version)


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