11.11.2014

Dial Tone Drone by Aura Satz

The second of Measure’s Telephone commissions is by London-based artist Aura Satz and will premier in the kiosk on Sat 15th November.

Aura Satz
Dial Tone Drone, 2014
15 November – 9 January 2015
Wooden K2 Telephone Kiosk, Burlington House entranceway, Piccadilly W1J 0BD

For Telephone, Satz focusses on the familiar pitch of the electronic dial tone, a signal of live telephonic connection which came into widespread use in 1950s. Considering the dial tone as an open field of potential communication, Satz talked with electronic music pioneers Laurie Spiegel and Pauline Oliveros on the technological and perceptual implications of composing and listening to sustained musical notes, known as drone music. Excerpts of the conversations, recorded via Skype and IPhone, are played against compositions by the two composers, probing the political, musical and conceptual implications of the drone.

Dial Tone Drone features excerpts from ‘Horse Sings From Cloud’ (1975), an accordion score by Pauline Oliveros, and ‘Expanding Universe’ (1974-76), a computerised composition by Laurie Spiegel.

The commission is a companion piece to Satz’s work ‘Dial Tone Operator’, currently on show as part of ‘Mirrorcity’ at Hayward Gallery. To coincide with the launch of the commission there was a live performance with Elaine Mitchener and Jennifer Walshe at the Hayward Gallery on the 15th November.

More info on Mirrorcity here: www.mirrorcity.southbankcentre.co.uk/aura-satz

Read more about Pauline Oliveros here: http://www.paulineoliveros.us/

Read more about Laurie Spiegel here: http://retiary.org/ls/

Aura would like to thank Irene Revell, Fatima Hellberg, Gernot Fuhrmann and Lauren Angelos.

For Telephone, Satz considers the dial tone as an open field of potential communication, Satz talked with electronic music pioneers Laurie Spiegel and Pauline Oliveros on the technological and perceptual implications of composing and listening to sustained musical notes, known as drone music.