Emiko Tokai is an artist studying BA Fine Art with Choreographic Practices degree at University College Falmouth. In this project, Breathing Lights and Shadows, she wanted to explore people’s interpretations or perceptions of light and shadow. “Personally, I have always been captivated by lights and shadows in nature. They change shape at every moment and soon disappear as if they are breathing animals. This transient beauty heightens awareness and sense of presence. I have also felt that shadow or darkness heals spirits or helps to recover primordial sensitiveness.”
For the project Emiko asked a group of people all over the world, from Brazil to South Africa to Japan, to start a conversation with her using photographs of lights and shadows accidentally encountered in every day life. The idea was that each of us would send her a photograph by email and she would respond to the photo with another photo. By exchanging images in this way we had a conversation through light and shadow. This took place over a period of 3 months. The result is 15 separate conversations. This is mine above. The complete project will be put online soon and I will post a link.
So I am finally going to release some music. After disappearing into my attic for two years, I have rather a lot of recordings. So I have decided to make a series of Eps. The first one will be out next month. And the rest will follow…
I recently made a trip to Liverpool to visit my friend Johnny aka Mr Global Goon. He lives in a high rise tower block with only a microwave and a computer like a Japanese businessman. I am doing some vocals for an album he is putting together which is a nice sidetrack from my own music. I just have to sit at the mic and sing absolutely anything. Any key, melody and words. I just sing whatever comes into my head… be a big buzzing bee…. my sword and my shield… automatic singing. Then Johnny chops it all up and you can’t recognise any of it anyway. Its techno, so very different to what I do. Although I made a lot of electronic music when I was at college and perhaps surprisingly, there are a lot of crossovers. Not in the sound but in the method. You can hear an example on his recently released album Carbon. The song is called Minkonia. Listen here.
Andy Hughes is a photographer living on the North coast of Cornwall whose work explores the ocean, beach and environmental issues. He takes pictures of the garbage, refuse, and other detritus washed up on the shores on which he surfs. The remnants of a modern industrial consumerist society in relation to the natural world. His beautifully illustrated book Dominant Wave Theory is a collection of these pictures; the book is designed by experimental typographer David Carson, art director and creator of Ray Gun magazine whose ground breaking organic approach to typography and his rejection of traditional layout influenced a generation to come. For Andy Hughes’ exhibition at the Mariners Museum in Virgina, he asked me to compose some music for a stop frame film of his images that he was exhibiting there.