DIFFUSION:
Phonography & Fiction

2018–in progress

documentation

“Events taken out of their linear contexts, transcending history, frozen and transcoded into happenings to be used as a sort of memory of history.” (Flusser)

fidelity and definition

Temporary contracts.

“A sound recording’s definition, in technical terms, is its acuity and precision in rendering of detail. Fidelity requires making a continuous close comparison between the original and its reproduction. It happens that today definition is mistakingly taken as proof of fidelity, when it’s not being confused with fidelity itself.” (Chion)

decoupling

At attempt at harmonization. 

diffusion

“The spreading of something more widely.” (Google)

In spanish difusión is “the propagation of something, especially of knowledge or news.” (Word Reference)

manual focus

Diffused phenomena and the promises of devices to capture them form “an asymmetrical emblem of imbalance.”

spectatorship

Unlike timestamps and aging technologies, spectatorship is a fluid standpoint, decentralized, perhaps non-isolable, like listening.

checkerboard

A transparent background.

games

Extractions from chaos, out of accident and necessity. 

chronography

“In the majority of cases, the recording of sounds respects more or less their original duration. It follows that phonography is inevitably chronography, which is not necessarily the case with cinematography, that is, the recording of visual movements.” (Chion)

chronology and remains

“Chronology is an antiquated fetish.” (Couroux)

“All that is susceptible to fetishism remains.” (Durham Peters)

rooms that are machines

Observatories, windmills, watermills, clocktowers, bunkers, among many others obsolete and in the making. 

dial

An attempt towards reaching the inaccessible. Or points of access or change. Or architectural markers to determine signs of change (like a sundial.) Rotary dials dial missing numbers. Dialing is fine-tuning. 

rooms and room tones

Presence-carrying positive and negative spaces. Room tones are not optional and should not be confused for backdrops. 

noise-sound-music

“Musical art, at first sought out and obtained purity and sweetness of sounds. Afterwards, it brought together different sounds, still preoccupying itself with caressing the ear with suave harmonies. As it grows ever more complicated today, musical art seeks out more dissonant, stranger, and harsher amalgamations for the ear. This, it comes ever closer to the noise-sound. This evolution of music parallels the growing multiplication of machines.” (Russolo)

synchrony/asynchrony

Something that clocks don’t agree. 

yellowing

A sign of time. 

obsolescence

“Obsolescence evokes art and deletion means forgiveness. It is not, perhaps, in the end, such an unhandsome part of our condition, this evanescence and lubricity of objects.” (Durham Peters)

stereo

A reduction of, into three dimensions – too solid. 

scale

The giant image is trying to represent the giant space that is trying to represent the giant celestial space. 

sequence

“The pleasure of a sequence for sounds being so superior to that of a continuous noise, there are grounds for conjecture that, if the statue hears at the same time a noise and a tune, where one does not dominate the other, and which the statue has learned to recognize separately, she will not confuse them.” (Condillac)

post-media aesthetics, dematerialization and screen-bound differences

Read Lev Manovich PDF

extinct sounds

“Bats suck the blood of sleeping men, fly in curved tunnels without touching the walls and can pass through silk threads.” (Bright)