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Memory Like Water

by Matt Rogalsky

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    This 8-channel sound installation revisits the idea of water as a metaphor for memory. The voices of people recounting their earliest memories are used to shape the sounds of water in motion. In each of eight loudspeakers, an individual is paired with a watery location (streams, rivers and lakes recorded in Ontario, Vermont and New York State). This recording is a short documentation excerpt only; the piece is presented continuously without repetition.
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Memory, like water, is always in flux. When we return to a memory it's like stepping into a river again: everything seems the same, yet everything is subtly changed.

The making of the piece begins with sounds of water in motion, recorded as near as possible to the exhibition space. Hissing, burbling, swishing, of rivulets and rivers. These sounds are literally "given voice" by cross- processing with a large collection of spoken word recordings documenting many individuals' first memories. The acoustics of the voices are imposed upon the watery sound sources, using custom tools made with the SuperCollider programming language.


released July 1, 2006


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Matt Rogalsky Kingston, Ontario

Matt Rogalsky is a sound-based artist who teaches at Queen's University.

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