Primitive Motion is a duo based in Brisbane, Australia. They have released five albums, including most recently House in the Wave (Bedroom Suck Records, 2018).
This work follows the thread of two live Brisbane performances in late 2018 that explored the acoustic properties of disparate performance spaces: one indoor at Milani Gallery in response to the gentle hues of large scale paintings by Rosslynd Piggott in her exhibition Rose, Rose and a Shadow of Violet; and the other outdoor in the Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens at the Liquid Architecture event Why Listen to Plants?
While the acoustic cocoon of the gallery offered a shell to the ear in which to create interior seas, the garden amphitheatre opened the cage for sounds to take flight. Despite the similar instrumentation and musical narrative of the two improvisations, the sound drew breath from the air around, and the ringing cymbal lived different lives in each location.
This recording is a third iteration of the work and an amalgam of internal/external elements, the sound captured both indoors at our respective home studios and outdoors in locations ranging from Japan to nearby Peregian Beach. Perhaps you might like to put the shell to your ear through your headphones or lie on the grass with a speaker. In and out, woven sound, one is the image of the other.
Recorded between February and May 2019 at Woodburn Laboratory and Kindling House, Brisbane, Australia.
Sandra Selig: voice, cymbals, Bolivian flute, glass bowl, plastic bottle
Leighton Craig: synthesiser, voice, field recordings, clarinet, metal bottle