With history in a room filled with people with funny names 4
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Winner of the Ammodo Tiger Short Competition at IFFRby Korakrit Arunanondchai
2017, HD video, 23 minutes 32 seconds
Original Score by Aaron David Ross
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‘THROAT’ is the 4th studio solo album by composer/producer Aaron David Ross (ADR). Arriving as the New York artist’s second release on PAN, ‘THROAT’ is made entirely from vocal sounds. It could only be crafted in the ultra-present; an age where the poetry of songwriting is flattened into catchy hooks. As words are sliced into sounds, ideas are reduced to sibilant syllables that still contain a range of emotional power, but deliver it in subversively different ways.
‘THROAT’ exploits these ways, borrowing vocal fragments from everywhere to collage a choral congregation of singing servers; pinging one another to create open-source equal-opportunity electronic pop music. Reichian polyrhythmic EDM drops into Bieber-esque beatboxing. Hypothetical K-pop stars conduct holographic choirs in altruistic ritual. Virtual summer festival DJs transcode into pure phonemes; anthropomorphizing formant-shifted vacuums of communication. When you drop the cargo of making sense, you can go so much faster.
As a classically trained musician inspired equally by pop and contemporary art & technology practices, ADR’s work has distinguished itself through its formal deliriousness and playful tenor. Besides ongoing collaborations with an international community of vocalists, producers, artists and fashion designers, Ross releases solo recordings, composes music for film, TV and advertising, and maintains a practice of live performance and sound installation.
"New York-based producer ADR has shared a collage-based new video for "Every Node," off his recently released LP Throat. The clip evokes the experience of scrolling through a Google image search for "mouth," and builds on conceptual questions explored on the new album about the relationship between mediated communication and the voice. Every sound on Throat is a vocal sample of some kind; "Every Node" finds ADR using the technique to produce something that's equal parts funny, gorgeous, and uncanny."
“There is nothing else in today’s art world even remotely like Ryan Trecartin‘s videos,” proclaimed Art in America. “It’s a sci-fi theater of the absurd for our manically paced YouTube era.“ Within these fluidly structured and visually commanding works, Trecartin’s groundbreaking sound design—a densely layered mix of rapid-fire dialogue, electronic music and live instrumentation—extends the depth, intensity, and insane hilarity of his art. He is joined by his principal collaborator Lizzie Fitch, music producer and DJ Ashland Mines (aka Total Freedom), and composer/producer Aaron David Ross (who will be conducting and doing the music direction) to present a new, digitally-inflected sonic composition live for the very first time.” – Armory Press Release
RYAN TRECARTIN / TOTAL FREEDOM / AARON DAVID ROSS
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Selected Press: Armory Listing | Art NewsNOVEMBER 2016, Presented by the Armory Artists' Studio, New York
Film by Korakrit Arunanondchai and Alex Gvojic featuring Boychild
Original Score by Aaron David Ross
Premiered at the 9th Annual Berlin Biennale, 2016
On a Boat sailing up and down the Spree River, Berlin
There’s a word I’m trying to remember, for a feeling I’m about to have
(a distracted path toward extinction)
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A new video work commissioned by MOCA Cleveland and Frieze Projects that captures seven actors as they battle conflicting emotions. Extremes of rage, glee, confusion, and terror appear like foreign agents attempting hijack the actors’ faces and bodies. Inspired by sci-fi and horror films, the spare set design, minimal costumes, and dynamic camera work add to the unsettling tone of the work.
Conceived & Directed by Xavier Cha
Sound Design by Aaron David Ross
The Island (KEN) is a hybrid of the (social) kitchen and the (private) bath, a complex network of resources (water, food, energy, data), and a reflection on how we process resources and turn them into aesthetic ideology. It's a smart island, but it also teaches. Aside from shower demos, The Island (KEN) holds talks on digital consciousness, renovation, procrastination, data obscurity, Pinterest, and more.
The Island (KEN)
Created by DIS
Music Composed by Aaron David Ross
Installed at the New Museum, New York 2014