Two channel looped sound installation. 6:43 min. 2016.
Remige is a composition and sound installation constructed using field recordings of birds in New Mexico and Arizona, where I live and work. These recordings of bird-calls were converted from recorded sound into notes using software, which created a kind of “found” musical score. This score was used to generate music from a number of custom synthesizers, which substituted for the voices of the birds. Other parts of the piece are composed of granular bits of the recordings, slowed down or sped up. The word “remige” means both “feathered wing” and is the plural of “remix,” suggesting a moment of transformation and reverberation.
My work has often returned to the idea of “translation,” or the migration of meaning across history and landscape. This piece seeks to use translation as a metaphor for our ecological connections to the landscape, and the ways that the landscape is already a site of translation and substitution. This is particularly pressing along the I-10 corridor, as the Southwest grapples with the effects of human intervention that reverberate through the desert. A reverberation: bird wings become drummed beats, and bird song becomes a bowed string, dissolving into air and taking flight.
Exhibition at BioAcoustic Urbanscapes, OSU: