Cook will expand and refine through research his piece “Process Passage” which was performed in Summer 2013. It was performed with three cassette-recorders, motorized wooden-wheel mounted on a gong, wooden flute, maraca, and voice. “Instructions: record in succession, building layers of real-time sound through recording and playback of each tape player. Distribute all mobile signal generators to different areas of the room. End the piece by recording the electronic signals and playing them back in order to shift the diffusion from the outer/edge of the room to the inner/center. This is an investigation of process-based composition where specific parameters are set and inform the structure and outcome of the work.”
Cook is drawn to increasing the satellite speaker/sound dispersion model, pertaining to this composition. The addition of 12 portable cassette players with individual speakers will facilitate this expansion in the layering of real-time recorded audio. The pace and structure of the piece will be fashioned at the rate of recording each source and the distribution and placement of them throughout the performance space. Slowly, the process of accumulation will create a mass of teeming audio activity.
N.N.N. Cook (b. 1980) lives and works in St. Louis. A sound artist, graphic designer, and visual artist, Nathan is a member of Close/Far, an artists’ collective and recording label. Cook’s work often considers the acoustic and spatial qualities of physical settings as he utilizes sound as a transient, duration-based medium that requires extended and focused listening. He performs solo and is active in many collaborations. The Contemporary Art Museum Saint Louis, Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center, Apop Records, Floating Laboratories, and Open Lot are among the venues that have hosted his performances in St. Louis. Past fixed media work includes a composition installed at Laumeier Sculpture Park for their Site/Sound exhibition, where sound works were created and presented with specific sculptures. Future fixed media work includes an installation created for Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, which will transform their elevator into a laboratory for sonic investigation. The four-part work will present a new selection each month exploring themes related to movement, space, and our relationship with machines.