Last week Charles Martin and myself premiered the live version of the soundtrack to a new film from Canberra-based artist, Elyse Howe: Avoidance Behaviour.
From the artist:
Transplanted here from cities immeasurably greater in expanse and urbanity, circumstance has exiled me in isolation. Regression and stagnation feel inevitable, endeavour replaced with idleness, replicated daily. I patrol the small spaces I now inhabit, documenting my lonely gaze. Circumventing invading thoughts of self-loathing and failure by narrowly scrutinising the ordinary. Cyclical and lethargic; my avoidance behaviour.
From the musicians:
As the film deals with vistas under close scrutiny moving in and out of focus, so too does this collection of pre-recorded and live sounds focus on the small and subtle. Canberra presents situations where one’s attention is necessarily drawn to, and focused on, things which in a larger city might go under-noticed. The sounds used in this performance are a mixture of live and pre-recorded string and percussion, as well as field recordings from urban, suburban and natural environments in Canberra.