"Being Forced to Drop Out" (2010-2013) - Bil Smith Composer
A Work Commissioned by InterPublic Group (IPG) for piano, modified piano, toy piano, piano annointe, and tape.
"Bil Smith's work was ultimately an investigation into the essence of modern life, distilled through notions of synchronicity and dynamism. At the heart of his synaesthetic credo, sound is an aspect of the vibrational continuum; hence no difference is made between music and noise emanating from the intonarumori.
He (Smith) relentlessly cross-references sources, suggests unexpected associations and unearths exceptional archival material."
Commissioned by BHP Billiton Ltd., Andrew Mackenzie
Total = Four Tapes.
The ideas in my work are on a continuum, engaged with the issues of our time but also conceptually and formally evolving out of my earliest encounters with other artists and composers.
This work unflinchingly scrutinizes the effects of age and experience on skin and tissue to invite a deeper reflection on temporality and a more intimate encounter between the listener and the composition.
Toward the end of this work, I attempt to empty original functions and significances, so they may invite new narratives and categorizations.
In this work, I propose a new way of apprehending the
radical formalism of unplayable compositions and seek to unveil the politics of
the score. In doing so, I attempt to expose the mechanics and radical formalism
as a practice that moves beyond aesthetic considerations into the realms of
ideology and materiality.
"My view is that recent attempts at explaining aesthetic ineffability have been unsuccessful. Either they misrepresent what aesthetic ineffability consists in, or they leave important aspects of it unexplained. By creating a new musical language (syntacticon/lexicon) I show how a more satisfying account might be developed, once a distinction is made between two kinds of awareness"