The Human Body As A Living Conduit Between Two Open Electrical Circuits 2021
A work built around the sonorist compositional practice of Krzysztof Penderecki, in which textural, tactile and gestural changes are used to create shifting pulses and tonal changes to electric current.
Created via means of a touch interface, the foundation of the work is an electrical signal mediated by the human body, in which even the slightest gesture can radically alter the tone, frequency, density and clarity of sonic materials.
This extra-musical, yet highly expressive signal, is in turn used as a tool for vertically scoring the timbral and rhythmic explorations of both sound and video, with classical form – in terms of both music and architecture – reinterpreted by the tactile, embodied gestures of the human interface. The creation of both image and sound become a lived choreography of the everyday, with its actors documenting their physicality as a means of capturing the core materials upon which the work is built.
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Distant Animals is the moniker of Daniel Alexander Hignell-Tully, a performance artist, composer, researcher, video-maker and writer from the UK. His work has been released on several notable experimental labels, including the likes of Hallow Ground, Nomad Exquisite, Fallen Moon, Second Nature, and Triple Bath. His research and writing has been published by several academic journals, including contributing a chapter to the CounterPress published book, Art/Law/Power. He has worked on projects across Europe, spanning classical composition, field-recording, modular synthesis, experimental performance and socio-political research. He received a PhD from Sussex University in 2017. Currently, Daniel lectures at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and runs the art collective 7000 Trees.