Arts Commons Presents
The +15 Soundscape
Colin Roy Gillespie
Location: +15 Hallway (Near Alberta Theatre Projects and Theatre Calgary offices in Arts Commons)
Date: January 7 - April 30, 2020
Artist Reception: Friday, February 28th, 2020 from 5:30 - 8:30PM
Concentration Patterns is a unique, meditative piece which seeks to envelope the listener in tactile and immersive sound. Inspired by the technological deep-listening pioneered by artists such as Pauline Oliveros, Laurie Spiegel and Brian Eno, I attempt to elaborate the active imagination that springs forth from the subconscious mind. In this case, the stimuli being long, sustained tones and natural textures that seek to enrapture the listener; not through obscuring or mythologizing their surroundings as surreal, but in assisting the unconscious creativity of the senses and applying that synaesthesia to their current environment.
Generated using analog equipment in a studio overlooking Toronto’s rail line, the piece began as a self-directed meditative therapy-aid on synthesizer, sampler, prepared-guitar and simultaneous spatial effects. In practice, however, I began to associate the surrounding traffic and environmental noises as part of a fuller piece. In this way, the glowing tones of the synthesizer began to coalesce with ambient auditory information to form a more complete and organic whole.
C.R Gillespie is the slightly-abbreviated incarnation of Colin Roy Gillespie, Toronto-based musician and sound-artist. Born in Nanaimo, B.C. he relocated to Ontario in 2008, completing a formal degree in jazz studies, and involving himself in the independent music scene of Toronto. Long enamored with the possibilities of ambient- based music and musique-concréte, Gillespie began utilizing analog equipment and other pre-digital mediums, such as reel-to-reel recorders, 1⁄4” tape loops and manipulated field recordings, creating a vibrating collage of organic and synthesized textures. His first LP, Séance Works, was released in Estonia in 2018. He currently collects environmental-sound recordings remotely both at home and abroad, while further combining and treating them in his home studio overlooking the Toronto Rail Line.