David Kordansky Gallery
Culver City, LA. CA
July 21, 2013
An evening of six live noise performances at David Kordansky Gallery, Culver City, CA. DSE performed along with Witches of Malibu, Crowhurst, Unica, Shane Stritesky, and Chelsea Rector.
In Sartre’s “Nausea”, the character Roquentin experiences an existential crisis that is referenced as interstitial. To coexist, resist, subsist, persist, obsist. To intersist – and live in between signification. Similar to Roquentin’s crisis, Jacques Atalli wrote in “Noise: A Political Economy of Music” to think of the idea of noise as the mutation of code, a carrier of death, but simultaneously a carrier of new information. “The absence of meaning is in this case the presence of all meaning”.
David Schafer (DSE) live-processed Arnold Schoenberg’s work entitled Erwartung. Erwartung (translation: Expectation), Op. 17, 1909. A one-act 30 minute monodrama, an opera for a single soprano with orchestra, epitomizes Schoenberg’s early atonal style. The story is a psychological snapshot of the moment a woman comes across the dead body of her lover in the woods. Schoenberg’s description of Erwartung was as follows: “In Erwartung the aim is to represent in slow motion everything that occurs during a single second of maximum spiritual excitement, stretching it out to half an hour”.