STATEMENT:

The unique opportunity to perform multiple times in one night has inspired this piece. HJNC has utilized costume in the past to affect the ways in which the audience receives the performance. It has often been noted that even when there is a negligent visual component to a musical/sound performance, the dress and presentation of the performers still influences the ways the piece is seen and/or recognized. Despite the fact that we may choose sound as our medium, as long as there is a stage and an audience’s gaze we will be judged by our dress during our performance, however consciously. The only ways we have found to escape this have been to play in complete darkness, unseen, with no introduction. Conversely, for this performance we propose to perform the same piece 3 times in completely different “disguises”. All the presentations will be reflective of an aspect of the collective sound but none will be wholly accurate. It is possible that by the audience witnessing the very distinct ways in which we may externalize or “wear” our influences, signifiers and various references, a more complete recognition of the abstracted sound will be possible.

The extremes of gender presentation we will explore in this performance are A) girl children in fluffy dresses with bows and ribbons B) harsh-noise dudes, wearing black hoodies, black jeans and facial hair and C) androgynous magical creatures.  We will play 3 sets that will be basically the same each time. Instrumentation and technique will be a balanced blend of the 3 styles of noise that would be stereotypically associated with each of these 3 archetypes; A) playful sounds, music boxes, glockenspiel, tiny pianos, electronic toys, small percussive instruments and slightly “off” rhythms B) a wall of noise, power electronics, aggressive vocals, feedback and distortion, and C) dreamy, reverb soaked layers of vocals, melodies and new-age, fantasy synth sounds. If the same sounds are played in the same balance each time, the only variable in each performance will be the gender presentation of the performers, their dress, body language and ways of interacting with their instruments and each other. Ideally, audience members will see more than 1 performance in order to contrast and compare the ways in which they experience the sounds based on what they see.


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