Artist Talks and Workshop at Contemporary Art Center
23 June, 2011

Martin Kay (aka Mountain Black) is a Melbourne-based sound recorder, artist and designer who works with field recordings and cross synthesis processing to create hybrid noise, ambient, music-concrete and drone (electro-acoustic) compositions. His work strongly focuses on environmental, atmospheric, spatial and textural aspects of sound composition. Greatly inspired by the use of sound in films and anime, Martin draws upon construction and editing techniques within the soundtrack to produce hyper-real and abstract sonic soundscapes.

Working in the realms of live-performance, composition, installation

& sound design, Martin’s recent projects include collaborations with sound artists Darrin Verhagen (Shinjuku Thief) and Nick Van Cuylenburg, theatre productions with director Daniel Schlusser, and solo performances in Melbourne and South Korea.

The presentation will take place on June 21 at 18:00 – 19:00 PM at the Center of Contemporary Art- Tbilisi.

For Tuesday’s presentation Martin Kay and Heesun will deliver an artistic talk that outlines Kay’s own practice as a sound recorder, artist and designer and Heesun’s practice as an installation artist. They will talk about the influences and inspirations behind their own art –“giving a brief chronological outline of our works to demonstrate how we have arrived at the point where we find ourselves today. We will also talk about our recent residency and our projects in Armenia.”

On June 22 at 11:00 AM- 17:00 PM

“At this workshop I will talk about sound recording and go through a range of different recording techniques and explain the equipment that I use for various recording situations. I will then talk about my creative methodology and give some examples of how I edit and compose my recordings.

After this I would like to give an introductory talk on ‘acoustic ecology’ and the history of listening to environmental sounds within a critical and social context and also introduce the term ‘sound walk’ which is walking through an environment with a sole focus and consideration of its sounds.

After this I will take the students on a ‘sound walk’. This will be a 1 hour walk through the city. During the walk the students will be asked to remain absolutely silent - focusing on and considering the different sounds, which they hear; after the walk we will return to the classroom to discuss our impression of the sounds, and start to consider how these sounds can be used in general arts practice.”

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