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 utilised. In Evaporated Music 3, uploaded videos of performances by a selection of amateur and professional string quartets are the focus. This third installment of the project is subtitled "Classical Corpus Delecti".
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,
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-f were produced in 2015.
Associated 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is Asprin - Sound is Sperm - the latter an unpublished
response to the questionnaire from the exhibition
VIDEO HITS: Art & Music Video.
For information on the first installment of this project: Evaporated Music 1
For information on the second installment of this project: Evaporated Music 2: In The Mouth Of Metal