Blue Arcana - Joe Frawley
I generally play with raw materials for a long time before a piece really begins to be made. Play is the key word here because I need my work to come from an attitude of play in order for it to happen at all. I have learned from experience that when I tell myself "I am working now", or "I am beginning a piece" the self-expectancy I feel is so inhibiting that nothing comes. However, if I sit down to play, rather than to work, then I can finally lose myself, and before I know it, a piece has begun - spontaneously, it seems. Blue Arcana, therefore, began may times over until I looked up and found it nearly finished. (The effort of finishing is altogether another story.)
Blue Arcana is an electronic audio collage of sounds, music and voices. It suggests a narrative, of which I am not the author, nor have I any more insight into than the most attentive listener. To me it evokes ideas and images revolving around memory, identity and romantic love. And there is quite possibly something supernatural going on.
Joe Frawley (b. July 4, 1971) is a composer and visual artist working out of Norwich, Connecticut whose electronic Sound Collage works have garnered international acclaim. By artfully combining his own instrumental compositions with found sounds, field recordings, recontextualized speech, and samples from classical music the composer has created challenging yet accessible soundscapes bearing a hypnotic dream-like quality.
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