A cello is encircled by 8 kilometres of cotton, leaving only a diffuse and distorted outline of the instrument. A soundscape of aural gestures, created from digitally altered cello sounds, enable the instrument to adopt a persona. The expressive meaning of the work is obtained not only by obscuring the clarity of both the visual and aural aspects of the instrument, but also by removing any human causality, and (perhaps) allowing the cello itself to speak.
This work, a tape loop, is an electroacoustic soundscape to go with paintings and a banner by New Zealand artist Ralph Hotere. It is a protest work concerning the New Zealand’s sporting (rugby) contact with South Africa.
“This original music has been scored for solo cello parts by renowned New Zealand composer Martin Lodge. James Tennant is the cellist. Martin sent me a number of short melodic phrases and various texture or sound studies for cello. This work was recorded by One Fat Man Productions and some material digitally altered also. I then “re-composed” the sound to fit with my visual edit of the film. The sound for the film only exists like this and is intrinsic to the complete work."