Mike Vernusky

Audio Excerpts

Blue Mass (2014)
Red Mass (2010)
White Mass (2012)

The Holy Sea (El Mar Sagrado) implica una experiencia auditiva de seis horas construida a partir de sonidos sagrados y no sagrados de la corriente subterránea siempre presente de registros fonográficos anticuados que habitan nuestro planeta y que demuestran las ideologías, recuerdos y sueños de nuestro pasado cultural colectivo. Las voces, los sonidos o los pasajes musicales pregrabados se extraen cuidadosamente de sus fuentes originales y se digitalizan, luego se vuelven a contextualizar y se orquestan en una nueva experiencia de sonido alucinante con su propia lógica y flujo internos. Al seguir libremente la forma de la misa litúrgica, da estructura formal a la amplia gama de mundos sonoros y permite diversas interpretaciones de su contenido musical y hablado.

Across the larger work, source material is curated from an endless variety of phonographic recordings pressed throughout history including field recordings from throughout world history, Netsilik Eskimo myths, Hollywood sound effects libraries, Hörspiel, miscellaneous choral and instrumental sacred musics (Medieval to 20th Century), aids for self-hypnosis, Houdini’s final séance, self-help instruction, audio transmissions from space, a live childbirth, and live exorcism, and many others. Also included are rare acetate recordings of intimate events such as a private wedding ceremony from 1963 or other similar field recordings, of which the record may be the only surviving copy in existence.

The Holy Sea seeks to organize and collide these sounds into a singular experience by installing them in a hybrid orchestral-like setting. Convolving unconventional spaces with word and sound symbols, these sonic allegories become the primary language of a previously existing but untold musical story. In this narrative, however, the lines between music, sound art, religion, history, text, and life become blurred: unrelated soundworlds are placed into direct conversation with one another, an implied language emerges behind the spoken one, and musics or sounds from disparate cultures of the world are melded into a single, unified story.

Aquí se presentan extractos del trabajo más amplio, comisariada por Francisco López.

The Holy Sea
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Mike Vernusky

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Un aguacero dentro de una catedral. Aire a través de los ojos.
Implosiones de tráfico en Mumbai. Helicópteros despegando del cuello.

brash’ (New York Times), ‘isolationist’ (The Wire), ‘especially otherworldly‘ (New Music USA), ‘strange & intriguing‘ by Exclaim, and ‘étonnantede EtherReal France.

Vive en Austin, Texas.

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