Welcome to 2023.
I hope 2023 has gotten off to a good start for you. I find that the cold days of January and February tend to be my most productive. And in keeping with that trend, I am currently at work on a new project. This will be an immersive installation involving both my paintings and some new music I'm working on. The dates for this exhibition are not set, but I'm hoping for Autumn of this year.
I've been experimenting with generative ambient music recently, which is a term that Brian Eno coined, and a genre that he essentially invented. The "generative" part refers to the way the music gradually evolves over time. And in theory would go on evolving indefinitely without ever repeating itself. This involves using modular synthesizer systems (or computer software) to establish parameters for all aspects of the music - pitch, tempo, timbre, stereo panning, harmony, etc. - and then allowing the various parts of the system interact with each other in ways that are interesting and often quite unpredictable. The "ambient" part is in reference to the atmospheric nature of the music. In Eno's words,
“Ambient Music must be able to accommodate many levels of listening attention without enforcing one in particular; it must be as ignorable as it is interesting.“
I've recorded about 14 hours of my own version of this music so far, and will eventually whittle that down to 7 or 8. The paintings I'm creating as the visual part of the installation will also be atmospheric in nature. I am enjoying the process and look forward to sharing the results with you all later this year.
In the meantime, one of my paintings is on display through January 29, 2023 at Gallery 40 (40 Cannon St., Poughkeepsie, NY), and three more will be hanging at Knaus Gallery (76 Vineyard Ave., Highland, NY) from January 8-28. Please stop by to see them, along with lots of other interesting artwork.