It doesn’t matter how long you have to develop a piece (whether it’s a week or several months) it always goes through the following stages…
1) Initial excitement and enthusiasm – a bursting dam of ideas
2) The middle bit – wading through treacle
3) Final dash to the finish line – not enough time
Today, I’ve been firmly in Stage 2 and it’s been quite difficult. You question everything you’ve done to date, keep revisiting old ideas, and basically don’t get very much done. But of course you do… It just doesn’t feel like I’ve been producing the same amount of work as the last two days.
However – I’m back with my original idea of a performance installation, with a number of pre-recorded soundscapes coming from distinct sources and my voice and movement through the space providing the rest. Luigi “the dummy head” will be our faithful listener.
I found out today how to switch the AirCon off, although it does make a pleasing hum, and that the power supply for my headphone amp is faulty/incompatible and introduces mains noise to the signal. Unwanted noise.