greyfields:wavefields - project summary
‘greyfields’ is an ongoing audio-visual project investigating the psychogeography of commercial environments.
This latest iteration focuses on capturing - via specially-constructed induction microphones - the electro-magnetic spectra emitted by the informational, security, communication and power infrastructures which pervade the urban grid.
The visual aspect approaches the video image in its raw, base form - as a standing wave pattern of electrical energy, the transduction of light into electrical impulses being more akin to the electromagnetic apparatus of the microphone than the mechanical/chemical process of traditional film or photography.
‘greyfields/wavefields’ seeks to render that which is invisible, inaudible, hidden yet omnipresent, into something which can be contemplated. We are aware of these systems which infuse the physical structures of our metropolis, yet their ephemerality leads us to disregard the vastness, power (and related health implications) of their existence. They are, in many respects, a kind of urban ghost, clustering in and haunting our centres of financial and political dominance. As such, ‘greyfields/wavefields’ can be seen as a continuation/extension of the parapsychological investigations of EVP (’electronic voice phenomenon’ - the search for spirit communications via radio waves and the recording of silent spaces) - an investigation of what lies concealed in the ether.
A/Visions 3 : May 31, 2013, 20:00
Michael Trommer is a Toronto based producer and sound artist; his experimental work has been focussed primarily on psychogeographical explorations via the use of field recordings.
He has released material on an unusually diverse roster of labels, both under his own name as well as ’sans soleil’. These include Transmat, Wave, Ultra-red, and/OAR, Audiobulb, Audio Gourmet, Gruenrekorder, Impulsive Habitat, Stasisfield, Serein, Flaming Pines, 3leaves and con-v.
Michael also creates gallery-based audio installation work; He has exhibited work at Australia’s ‘Liquid Architecture’, ‘from 0 to 1 and back again’ at Kunsthalle Schirn in Frankfurt, Cordoba, Spain’s art:tech and soundLAB in Köln. His music has also been included in Dodi Nash’s ‘Listening Shell’ installation, on permanent exhibit at London’s Victoria and Albert museum.
He has performed extensively in North America, Europe and Asia,, including events with members of Berlin’s raster-noton collective, as well as the 2008 and 2013 editions of Mutek’s acclaimed a/visions series. He also regularly improvises with Toronto-based AI collective ‘i/o media’.
In 2011, Michael’s ‘ghostwood’ project was awarded a major audio arts grant from the Canada Council for the Arts.