4 / a lattice of unplanned measurements

Headphones suggested.

All audio tracks are here: https://soundcloud.com/user-951080174

Music composition and performance, initial image/software: James Rouvelle
Video: Lili Maya

James wrote some software that generates static images from keyboard interaction that he thought worked with the music. Lili worked with the software to generate images that she used/edited as she composed the video.

This music is derived from a 10 note scale inspired by the work of Ervin Wilson.

The fundamental tone is 432 Hz.

Cutout [6×6] w/ Close Scrape for BBC/Tectonics Festival Glasgow

Roads, Description from Festival Website
Drives, Description from Festival Website
Avenues, Description from Festival Website
Junctions, Description from Festival Website
Paths, Description from Festival Website
Carts, Description from Festival Website

These videos were presented on the BBC/Tectonics website between May 8 and June 7, 2021.

From the Festival catalogue: For Tectonics 2021, Close Scrape debuts “Cutout [6×6]”, a modular piece structured as a constellation of six semi-independent movements that can be performed or listened to in any order. Well-suited to the task at hand, Close Scrape snips fragmentary excerpts of live performance and obsolete recordings, isolates them from their original connections, and – in punctuated transmissions – stitches them together with tailor-made sources of obscure origin. The piece is governed by the guiding idea that music can function as a living artifact, intermediating between channelled worlds and audience receptions.

The online incarnation of “Cutout (6×6)”, streamed from May 8 to June 7, 2021 on the BBC/Tectonics website, includes new video art commissioned for the festival by Maya + Rouvelle, a collaboration between Lili Maya and James Rouvelle that began in 2009 in New York.

Music: Close Scrape (Adam Linson, Matt Wright)

Curated by Ilan Volkov (Conductor, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra), and Alasdair Campbell (Creative Producer ACProjects/Alternative Currents)

In the Sky I Am Walking, excerpts

Below are four excerpts from the maya+rouvelle live-stream project with Ekmeles that included Karlheinz Stockhausen’s In the Sky I Am Walking (1972). The full performance and additional information/writing about the project can be found here.

Performed by
Charlotte Mundy, Soprano
Elisa Sutherland, Mezzo Soprano

Charles Mueller, Audio Engineer

We created visual art/video/titling/staging elements for this special event, streamed live from the singers’ home in Brooklyn, NY.

LOVE SONG (Nootka)

No matter how hard I try
to forget you,
you always
come back to my mind,
and when you hear me singing you may know
I am weeping for you.


Don’t you ever,
You up in the sky,
Don’t you ever get tired
Of having the clouds between you and us?


Wake up, woman,
Rise up, woman,
In the middle of the street,
A dog howls.
May the death arrive
May the dance arrive
Comes the dance
You must dance,
Comes the death
You can’t help it!
Ah! what a chill,
Ah! what a wind….


Friends, behold!
Sacred I have been made.
Friends, behold!
In a sacred manner
I have been influenced
At the gathering of the clouds.
Sacred I have been made,
Friends, behold!
Sacred I have been made.