Sound recordings taken from a flexi disc containing a dialogue about past life regression, and vinyl library sound effects, were reformatted as optical sound waveforms by recording into a 16mm sound camera, hand processing the film, and contact printing the resulting waveforms into a composition for live performance.
Sounds surface and regress, male voices ‘authorise’ and female voices ‘characterise’, as an uncannily obscured field of light and dark unfolds on screen. Created by the texture of the clear sticky tape used to hold down the composition during printing, the flickering film frames compel the viewer to hallucinate a non-existent visual subtext complemented by the alternating in/audibility. Sound and light weave into a disorienting cacophony, intensified and punctuated by an antique laboratory strobe light and an anti-syncopating rotating shutter intervening before the projector’s light beam. Indicated in the repetition of the sound sample, ‘To find a memory in the vastness of time…’ Ghosts – Loud + Strong explores the experience of sensations that threaten to exceed our capacity to perceive them.
2 × 16mm projectors, contact printed optical sound film & loop from original flexi disc recording & sound effects, rotating shutter, laboratory strobe, oscillator synth
With thanks to Lynn Loo for providing the documentation (as used in Film In Space, Camden Arts Centre).
Psyché Tropes presents HFF Vol.1 (tropes001) – with ‘Ghost – Loud + Strong’
ABOUTFACE / AUDIO DEPENDENT / DAVE DRAPER / MARK PETER WRIGHT / MATTHIAS KISPERT / MERKABA MACABRE / SALLY GOLDING / SCANNER / SCULPTURE / SOME TRUTHS / SPATIAL / SYNTHETICS / RICHARD PIKE / TOM WHITE / WILL WARD
Triple vinyl LP with 16mm film strip. Available for pre-order. Launch event 29 August 2014 at Apiary Studios, London.
In ‘Ghost – Loud + Strong’, Sally Golding deftly exploits precisely that flapping and buzzing embedded in the media that mutates, as it transmits from format to format, into recognisable sounds such as the swelling of a thunderstorm, layering in an impasto of noise. This is a sound artwork that began life as expanded cinema (its debut performance was at the 2012 Hackney Film Festival), yet its sonic textures originate from a found flexidisc inscribed with a voice narrating a woman’s past life regression, as it alternately emerges from and is obscured by the fog of multiple layers of reproduction. - Stuart Heaney, May 2014