A suite illustrating Jacques Soddell's abstract narrative cinema for the ears style of musique concrète using processed field recordings to create new sounds & textures, with an improvised interlude separating my compositions.
1. Les grenouilles - based on a piece I composed for a live gig in the Conservatory in Bendigo’s Rosalind Park in 2013, using manipulations/processing of frog sounds, some voice manipulations and the unprocessed sound of rustling leaves. You won’t hear the original unprocessed frogs. (10’27”).
2. Improv with Viv Corringham, New York based British vocalist/sound artist. An excerpt from our performance at the undue noise gig at the Old Fire Station, Bendigo, in February 2014, using Ableton Push to control my electroacoustic samples (8’27”).
3. Paralysed - composed in 2013 was inspired by the artistic paralysis I felt while waiting for a collaborator to deliver material I needed for our joint project. Performed in Melbourne in January 2014, it contains “randomly” selected processed and unprocessed samples from many sources (8’07”).
Jacques Soddell is an Australian sound artist, based in Bendigo. He produces computer-based electroacoustic music, with a particular interest in deconstructing natural sounds (field recordings) to create new sounds & textures, which he then assembles into abstract narrative soundscapes (usually composed, but sometimes improvised). He produces sound & video for theatre, dance, live performance and installation and he is also passionate about promoting experimental art, hence his past involvement with the film society movement (bendigo film group (1976-1988), promotion of experimental music in the local community through the undue noise concert series (2002-present), presenting possible musics, an experimental music radio program on local community radio (1983-2013), and involvement in live arts group Punctum. With his wife, Fran, he investigated music based on Lindenmayer Systems modelling of fungal growth and also run sound art label cajid media (with the help of his daughter, sound artist Thembi Soddell). He was a microbiologist in a former life, specialising in the microbiology of wastewater treatment, but left this field about ten years ago to concentrate on sound art. Examples of his work can be found on Soundcloud and Vimeo.