TN and _DS
4 tracks that started life as two tracks shared between two artists DS and TN as an Exquisite corpse experiment. Completed during the 2nd & 3rd UK lockdown.
Exquisite corpse, also known as exquisite cadaver, is a method by which a collection of words or images is collectively assembled. Each collaborator adds to a composition in sequence, either by following a rule or by being allowed to see only the end of what the previous person contributed.
Part 1 – joint track composition
Preliminary guidelines were established between the two artists via messenger conversation
One project file for each of the two tracks
Person who has worked on it last uploads new version & deletes old version
Add one minute & only alter ½ of previous minute (can break rules to allow reverb and delay tails to last longer than the minute)
Must over lap with last last piece (this rule can be broken if it benefits the composition)
Can copy and paste at will from any previous piece (eg if you feel an aspect of the previous minute needs to last longer, or it benefits the composition to revisit an earlier moment)
Other recorded material permissible.
Artists to continue exchanging 3x until length of track is around 6 mins
Part 2 – independent mixing of tracks.
Two track compositions to be taken by each artist. Both artists to develop their own mixes with permission to add elements, modify/repeat elements as they wish.
No other rules.
Final length of mixed tracks to be between 3.5 mins and approx 7 mins.
4 final tracks as a result.
TN – Taylor Nuttall
Taylor Nuttall trained as a visual artist and has an early exhibition career with artworks featuring painting, print, sculpture, photography and installation. In the late 80’s and early 90’s he began to explore the potential of creativity using computer technologies. As well as exhibiting these works in traditional gallery spaces this led to a number of pieces being designed to be experienced online as virtual artworks. These virtual artworks also began to explore the use of sound. After completing a residency and commission for the arts organisation Folly in Lancaster as part of the Digital Arts Festival in 2000, Taylor became Artistic Director and CEO for Folly, and a founding director of AND Festival, putting his own creative activity on hold until more recently. Taylor is now working with sound, drawing upon composition and musical skills he learned from playing piano and classical guitar as well as re-learning more robustly about sound design, composition and music theory.
‘Is this just One Day?’ released September 2020, a new commision for Aerial Festival. aerialfestival.com/
Tracks played on:
BBC Radio Introducing – BBC Radio Cumbria
Breakfast Show on BBC Radio Cumbria
Space is the Place Radio Show – Cando FM – @SpaceisthePlac9
The Magic Window – MadWaspRadio – madwaspradio.com/
Hello Goodbye Radio Show – Resonance FM – hellogoodbyeshow.com/
Star & Shadow Radio – https://soundcloud.com/tynesidesounds
Eagle Nest Radio – @eaglesmusicnest
_DS – Dominic Smith
Dominic Smith is an artist with a wide practice that includes new media and sonic experimentation. He has exhibited and performed internationally since the early 2000’s. He is also one half of the musical project ‘The Fishery Commission’ who began life around 2005ish as an experimental act that involved recycled 8bit games systems and in recent years has become something resembling real music, having performed at festivals, released albums and had international radio coverage. Under his _DS title he produces synthesised soundscapes that occupy a space between Eno’s discreet music and Lucier’s Hartford Memory Space compositional strategies.
Find previous releases here: d–s.bandcamp.com/
And his audio sketchbook here: https://soundcloud.com/d-s_s-d