FROZEN MUSIC

The Sound Practice of Frozen Music
David Dunn

Frozen Music is less an ensemble than a confluence of strategies for sonically activating space. We simply trust each other to approach this task in our own individual manner and with our own choice of tools. These can vary with every event. Rene and Gustavo tend to use prerecorded audio samples and extracted resonances from each new performance site. They may also amplify small sounds made from an assortment of objects, either brought to the location or borrowed from the site. I often use custom designed analog circuits along with amplified live signals from a variety of transducers placed at the location.

We do not interact with each other in the traditional sense of a free improvisation but create a collective fabric that is infinitely variable and to which we all remain attentive. Shifting our actions in response to this dense cloud of sound, we often cannot recognize our individual actions or audio streams within the emergent texture and simply make incremental changes so as to keep the torrent of sound alive.

Our preference is to engage within a specific place for extended time periods, several hours if possible. This gives us a sufficient duration to really explore the unique properties of a site; the otherwise hidden sound sources, resonances, and auditory history. Sometimes this has been a purely human dynamic where architecture is interrogated with sound to yield its unconscious potential but at other times the non-human world has chosen to respond with extended dialogues between our electronic world and a variety of insects, birds, and amphibians; all becoming a foreground feature.

Always we are less concerned with satisfying the expectations of a human audience than with a pure exploration of the world through sound. Whoever or whatever passes through our web, or stops to listen, is welcome to make use of the sounds in whatever manner may please or excite them.

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sample performances:

3.25.2010 FROZEN MUSIC: SUBTROPICALIA
North Beach Bandshell, Miami Beach

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11.7.2009 FROZEN MUSIC: CANAL
Collins Canal, Miami Beach

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FM performing PLAZA with guest Russell Frehling, Sleepless Night 2011

 

The Birth of Frozen Music

FM

Gustavo Matamoros – David Dunn – Rene Barge

Frozen Music is an artist research collective and experimental music ensemble that designs and realizes interdisciplinary music in response to the acoustical characteristics of a given site. It focuses upon the making of otherwise inaudible phenomena audible in science, nature and architecture. Each performance is a kind of acoustical “tuning” or redrawing of the existing aural landscape through direct sound generation and amplification.

FM is a unique vehicle for the development and implementation of a novel kind of extended electroacoustic music presentation, at times lasting upwards of 13 hours. Its members use new and custom-designed audio technology to engage audiences in activations of indoor and outdoor spaces that promote an aural perception of the world. Rather than a traditional ensemble—where each musician contributes a single voice to a collective—FM arises from a confluence of sonic activation strategies where each performer engages with their own autonomous audio gestalt and unique instrumentation to simultaneously occupy and stimulate the same acoustic environment.

FM germinated from ideas explored in the Subtropics 20 exhibition SOUND at The Bass Museum of Art in March 2009. Similar to current discourse in the art world concerning the concept of art as a research activity, FM takes this notion seriously and attempts to transcend mere theoreticism by focused efforts to combine both aesthetic and scientific insights, thereby creating experiential understandings and descriptions of reality based in aural perception.

EARLIEST LINKS:

NOV. 7, 2009
FROZEN MUSIC: CANAL
stories:
sound expanse
knightarts: already sleepless dreaming of frozen music
networked music review: introducing frozen music
subtropics: frozen music
focus in fusion

video:
frozen music: canal | sleepless night 2009 | video by barron sherer

photos:

MOST RECENT LINKS:

MAR. 11 + 13, 2011
FROZEN MUSIC: WALK | PICNIC
stories:
miami new times: electronic music guru david behrman
miami new times: calendar
miami new times: gustavo matamoros talks about subtropics xxi

photos:

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CAPTURING SMALL SOUNDS: some tools of frozen music

VIDEO: FOUR MICRO WORLDS
by David Dunn
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VIDEO: SMALL SOUNDS ON A TABLE TOP
by Gustavo Matamoros
Click here To Watch Video

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OTHER COVERAGE:

To listen to an NPR story about other David Dunn ultrasonic microphone designs on All Things Considered: CLICK HERE!

PHOTOS

phono cartridge

hydrophone

To listen to a recent isaw(gm) recording of marine life made in
New Smyrna Beach, Florida, using this hydrophone routed
through David Dunn’s microlistening preamp: 

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ultrasonic headphone mic

sample recording from the 9.10.11 event at awarehouse.
the mic is about 70 ft away from the installation.

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the 2010-11 season of subtropics.org presents is possible with the support of: