I do a lot of different things, but have not done podcasts for a while. Besides being a place for making statements, a podcast is a good space for poetry and audio, music and sound, multimedia text, and as soundtrack material for video.
Two years ago. I was recording text and audio, music and sound and sending them to Pery Burge, who combined, synchronized, and added them to her multicolor 3-dimensional video imagery of liquids in motion. She was working in the Thermofluids Lab of the University of Exeter, UK. The creative exchange between us was such that in a few months, we had a cool selection of videos that were being introduced in film festivals in the UK and here in the states.
It was the fall of 2012. I had sent Pery five new tracks and she was working on adding visuals to them. We completed another project that involved adding text to a few of the videos. By year’s end, I was waiting to hear from her on the new pieces. Instead, in February, I heard from her partner that she had taken ill and in a matter of months, had died.
Since then, when talking of Pery, I repeat the phrase, “She brought the music out of me”. I was so grateful for that. Each soundtrack and video was very different from ones that came before. Losing Pery meant losing that creative collaboration. Sometimes it made me feel sad but most of the time I felt good about the work we had done. I posted, to iTunes, my audio tracks that she was working on at the time of her death. They were to be a part of the new project. After that, I stopped writing and recording music and sound. I also stopped updating ARTologyPod.
Recently though, I have been writing poems and recording sound and music again. And so there’s a reason to do podcasts. I like the format and the freedom and I’m curious about what new things will happen there as a result of its presence in that space. As a stepping off point for multimedia collaboration, it works.
Most of the videos we did are here:https://www.youtube.com/user/TullioDeSantis/videos
Here is one of those multimedia collaborations between Pery and me that started out as a minimal podcast.