Inside Voice is grounded in the place where I live. The work is framed by recordings of environmental sound from around Te Awakairangi – my garden, the hills nearby, a busy urban street. Inside and behind, edited piano improvisations creep into view, shaded by a layer of live electronic alteration. The process of layering affects our reception of the materials – taking an aesthetic stance towards environmental sound, but also placing musical performance at a distance, so that the roles of foreground and background interchange, and are made ambiguous.
Thanks to Creative New Zealand for their support of Pyramid Club's programme.
Phil Brownlee is a composer and audio practitioner, based in Wellington, New Zealand. His work spans notated composition, free improvisation, and electroacoustic media. He has an ongoing interest in the interface between the traditions of taonga puoro, and contemporary creative practices. This has led to a number of collaborative works, and a deeper interest in shared creative processes. He also works as a sound engineer, sound designer, and recording engineer. http://philbrownlee.co.nz