With Damaged Particulates the experimental musician and composer Ben Vida delves into the enveloping world of “direct bass”. Utilising a four-channel, twin-sub sound system and 25 individual SubPacs, a tactile audio system placed on each audience members seatback, which directly transfers low frequencies to the body, this highly detailed and immersive piece for electronics examines the dimensional and spatial qualities of analog and digital synthesis.
Damaged Particulates is a work that oscillates between performance, installation and sculpture, and is experienced as much by touch as by hearing. Originally commissioned for Unsound Festival NYC, this new version explores further the possibilities of multi sensory sonic reception.
Commissioned for Unsound Festival New York 2014. In partnership with Unsound, Subpac, the Electronic Studio of TU, Faculty of Audio Communication, Berlin. In collaboration with LEAP.
Ben Vida Interview – Unsound at LEAP Gallery Berlin
It’s one of those archetypal expressions that has lost some of its initial weight over time: “Anything and everything can be music.” The kind of saying that nowadays results in a shrug from those who have been subjected to it. Luckily for us, Brooklyn-based composer and experimental producer Ben Vida is lending the expression new significance. His work is quantitative in its uniqueness, its otherworldly weirdness, its experimentalist nature. If his critically acclaimed sound poem Tztztztzt Î Í Í, his 2013 multi-media project Slipping Control, or his performance-based collaborative effort with Sara Magenheimer and Michael Bell Smith, Bloopers #o have anything to say about it, anything and everything really can be music. And where Ben is concerned, we’re so glad that that’s a fact.
It’s with this mindset that we embark upon Damaged Particulates, Ben’s latest venture that balances performance art with immersive music listening. An eleven-movement solo composition for fixed and live electronics presented in four channel expanded stereo, Damaged Particulates explores the space between musical representation and sonic abstraction through speech, music, and body. Presented in collaboration with SubPac, Ben’s audience will not only hear the music, they’ll feel it too, benefitting from his performance on three levels: mind, body, soul. Ahead of the Damaged Particulates’ show in Berlin this weekend, we caught up with Ben to talk sound poetry, experimentalism, SubPac, and the story behind this project. – Read more