Title: Under An Austere Dawn
25 May 2016
/ Audio Files
|1||Original 16mm Magnetized Celluloid Film Loop|
|2||Magnasync Moviola & Gangsync Installation (Live)|
|3||Tape Loop Cut From Original Master|
|AV27||M.H|| Under An Austere Dawn (3xFile, MP3, 320)||Aught Void||AV27||Canada||2016|
|AV27||M.H|| Under An Austere Dawn (3xFile, FLAC)||Aught Void||AV27||Canada||2016|
"Dawn' is glimpse into a series of inquiries regarding 16mm Magnasync Moviola film equipment from 1960 which resulted in an extended intermedia installation as part of a group showing in Halifax, NS. A four foot loop of spliced celluloid, consisting of found footage trimmings harvested from the Atlantic Film CO-OP's editing bins was physically bound to the playback rate of the Moviola (which resembled a large reel-to-reel recorder except with 16mm spools and sprockets) through the use of a passive "gangsync" mechanism which tethered the multiple celluloid loops together while additional magnetic playback heads reproduced the audio signal dopplered by distance into the stereo field. The visual loop ultimately stalled in the pinch drive and the celluloid began to melt and caught fire, bringing the audio loop with it."
Each copy included both a standard linear cassette and a tape-loop cut from the original master recording, no two loops are identical. The linear cassette documents the initial composition, recorded directly from the magnasync with no external processing, as well as an excerpt of the installation live-in-room recorded directly to tape with a marantz pmd222 and dual sm57s
Housed in late 80s oversized polystyrene dual cassette cases (liquidated deadstock from a collapsing manufacturer), the tapes are accompanied by trimmings of both 16mm found footage as well as magnetic 16mm celluloid, a small insert regarding the Magnasync equipment and a colour acetate postcard with still frames of the original film loop
These were not made available for online distribution, seeing light of day at several select performances over the summer of 2016, specifically the performances with Croatian Amor & J.S. Aurelis at Lougheed House in Calgary AB, and the Summer Isle festival with Death Kneel, E-Saggila and V. Sinclair in Toronto ON. Several copies were also sent out as part of personal long distance exchanges with both former and future collaborators.