Living Room Chores (Solo in the Key of B Major and in the Style of Debussy)| Jessie-Jamz Ozaeta

“The following is a sound composition composed of live light and colour readings from my iPhone camera converted into sine waves in Max/MSP and then MIDI in Ableton Live in the attempt to translate a visual medium into a Debussian soundtrack of the site. In this case, my personal living room was chosen to be the landscape for this project to document my own performative interaction within the space in the context of self-isolation and confinement.

Furthermore, the decision to approach this sound experiment entirely digitally through the lens of my phone as opposed to an analog recording of the actual space with a microphone was to reflect on impressionist ideas of gathering small artefacts to create a picture. Here, MIDI data are pieced together to recreate its visual origin, but in the form of music. I also took into consideration Graeme Miller’s notion that we are all in a state of constant composition and that our placement and interaction within a space is musical (Oddey, 182). This also made me think about Kastner and Wallis’ view of interruptionand involvementin relation to a landscape with myself contributing to a change in its emanation.”

The real power of site-specific work is that it somehow activates, or engages with, the narratives of the site in some kind of way. (Pearson)