The principle sound sources for “Ten Miles Wide” are interviews conducted by sociologist Studs Terkel and lectures by philosopher Michel Foucault. Also included, however, are samples of a French toy piano.
To create/perform the work, I programmed 26 algorithms and mapped them to a qwerty keyboard. Then I typed on the keyboard, applying the algorithms to a selection of samples from a chosen inventory (Turkel, Foucault, toy piano).
Samples are further processed through Iron Curtain and Pacific Northwest electronics–creating a soundscape of isolation, industry, and violent spirituality that is arguably emblematic of these geopolitically disparate, but, in many ways, culturally related regions/communities.
Performed/typed/composed Thursday evening, February 08, 2018.