MENE, TEKEL, PERES. W.
Staying in to play
My Voice in Your Head
Variablemedia Press Release 11
For Immediate Release 18th April 2004
by the artist Simon Goodwin.
Starts 19th April 2004 at http://www.variablemedia.org
Further information at http://www.variablemedia.info
Variablemedia is pleased to announce it's latest
residency "top_40" by the artist, musican and DJ Simon
Goodwin. Beginning on the 19th of April 2004 this 40 day project
will be updated daily at www.variablemedia.org Every day of the
project, Goodwin is making a recording of a piece of music from
his personal collection, using in-ear binaural microphones. These
microphones effectively record what the artist hears live, the music
plus the incidental noises, movements and conversations in the space
at the time of recording. After converting the day's recording into
an mp3 file, it is uploaded to variablemedia.org; available for
listening or download until the next day's recording replaces it.
The places that the music is recorded in and the
sound systems that the music is recorded from will vary during the
project. The website will detail the time, date and location of
each recording as well as the title and performer of the featured
music. When the project is completed all tracks from Goodwin's "top_40"
will be made available via one of the on-line file sharing networks.
For the most effective experience of the artist's personal space,
these recordings are best listened to using stereo headphones.
Although all of the pieces of music featured in this project are
'owned' by Goodwin, he is infringing copyright law by distributing
any recordings that incorporate them. The ease of high quality reproduction
and distribution of digital media versus the controls and protections
offered by various national copyright laws is an issue effecting
all consumers and producers. Through this project Goodwin casts
himself in the roles of both producer of the artwork and consumer
of the music. "top_40" engages with the popular, and predominately
male practise, of compiling lists of favourites from media products
such as music, films, and books. Sharing these lists with others
is often viewed as expression
and marker of taste personal history and personality. Being a musican
and DJ as well an an artist, Goodwin can be seen as having a particular
investment in making his choices public. His disclosure of these
sonic preferences is made more revealing as the recordings include
his personal experience of experiencing the music. "top_40"
invites us to share in the authenticity of the artist's listening
experience, his distractions, interactions and distractedness.
Simon Goodwin lives and works in London. He has
participated in numerous projects and exhibitions in Europe and
the UK including: 'adistillery.org', Hoxton Distillery, London;
'Park 4DTV', Salto Channel, Amsterdam; 'Actual Size', Overgaden,
Copenhagen; 'Drive-by', Photospin, The Photographers Gallery, London;
'Travelogue', Travelling Gallery, Scotland. He is one half of the
electronic music duo Manilla and one half of the Variablemedia team.
Simon will be exhibiting work at the forthcoming exhibition 'The
Last Supper' at the Hoxton Distillery
during May 2004.