Two location-based works of ambient sound from Texas sound artist Claire Rousay, the first recorded at the Central Library in San Antonio, Texas mixing a live microphone feed with sine tones pitched to the building's resonant frequencie; the second a composition using recording made in Ciudad de Mexico, constructing a fictional world from environmental sources.
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Label: Second Editions
Catalog ID: SE 009LP
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Side A recorded at the Central Library in San Antonio, Texas, in 2019.
Side B recorded in Ciudad de Mexico, in 2019.
Claire Rousay-composer, performer
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"Claire Rousay is a performer and musician based in San Antonio, Texas. Her work explores queerness, human relationships, and self perception through the use of physical objects and their potential sounds.
Rousay has recently performed with Alex Cunningham, Brandon Lopez, Carol Genetti, Ingebrigt Haker-Flaten, Jacob Wick, Ken Vandermark, Lisa Cameron, Lori Goldston, Michael Foster, Sarah Hughes, Tom Carter, and others.
She has toured extensively across North America, booking 220 dates in 2017 alone. In 2018 she participated in the Sonic Transmissions Festival and NMASS Festival as well as performed at venues such as the Tobin Center for Performing Arts, Casa del Popolo, and Issue Project Room. Her work also received support from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. 2019 has rousay participating in various residencies and concert series performances at places such as Experimental Sound Studio, Elastic Arts, RhizomeDC, and Beaubourg (NOLA)."-Claire Rousay Website (https://clairerousay.com/about)
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1. Library 20:20
1. Two Things 14:05
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"Claire Rousay has been exploring the sensitivities of sound always in relation to "the self" and "the other", equally. Her work is always seen as a contribution, as engagement. Recording, collaging, and composing become acts of considering, remembering, giving. Therefore, music becomes a context, or more precisely, a habitat. But what does it say about this music when the artistic choice goes deeper, when it is not only an urge to express but to find oneself? When there is more to communicate, to connect to than a "musical work"?
This new record features two attuned location-based Horstucke that sit somewhere between conceptual composition and magical realism. "Library" is a site-specific piece recorded at, and played back to the halls of the Central Library in San Antonio, Texas. A meticulous recording of social against functional space. Mixing a live microphone feed through a pair of loudspeakers and accompanying it with two sine tones pitched specifically to the building's dimensions and resonant frequencies, rousay is blending architectural space and human interaction into one curated arrangement.
On the opposite side, "Two Things" acts as a transient dream sequence, an elusive mise-en-scène. It provides a sense of location so familiar yet very disorienting. A (re)introduction to a periphery state, a fictional truth, an outside world constructed entirely and deliberately from the inside of an apartment."-Second Editions
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