About the Artist
Born in the western desert state of Utah, Michael Northam (aka mnortham) has been intimately and directly inspired by vast geographies, severe weather and other impressive natural events and places. This life long research/fascination into the phenomena of perception faced with intimidating scales (large or small) continues to the foundation of his work with sound and images, as well as finding and practicing links between 'sound as art/experience' and traditional 'musical' approaches, such as the study of Kirana-style raga singing with Michael Stirling (the last student of Pandit Pran Nath). Currently using specially prepared instruments such as the Magnetic Table Harp (a controllable magnetic resonance machine that acts simultaneously as a stringed instrument, a large contact microphone and a tone processor) as well as computer processing, prepared recordings (such as frying potatoes, roasting seeds and walks/climbing through various plants) and a range of sounding objects, Michael explores the no-man's land between improvisation and acousmatic composition. A delicate position poised in search of the ever-elusive morphological 'flow' where sound and action melt together and the eidetic triggering of sound as pure material transcends playing into the territory of 'sonic compost'??”that which feeds our insatiable need to listen deeper. Forthcoming collaborative CDs are expected to be released in 2007 from the labels Xing Wu (Malaysia) with Seijiro Murayama and from Helen Scarsdale (San Francisco) with Loren Chasse.
Michael Northam, White Noise II
Showing at: White Box
Nov 1 - Nov 17, 2007
11 am - 6 pm
The exhibition is on view Nov. 01-17, Tue-Sat.