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qualial coalition

Qualial Coalition EP Release March 2015

Qualial Coalition by Georgina Brett

Where is your focus? (musically and visually)
I have been waiting for years to place these two long movie clips with music, although I didn’t imagine I might overlay them together.
They were shot within days of each other in the same town..

The static “being” clip is of a sunset.
There had been a storm earlier in the day, so the clouds were unusually visceral and textured. I adore that over time they gradually disperse, as the sun bursts through underneath.

The moving “doing” clip is of walking.
I walked a good kilometre from the beach to the house I was staying at.. I pointed the camera looking down at the ground, hoping to capture as little as possible in the camera’s field of vision, but that whatever I did capture was a perfect accident. The idea that you can be somewhere utterly beautiful and stunning but that you are in such a depressive state that all you can do is look at the ground, has resonated with me for many years, and in this clip i found a way to visualise it.. The viewer gets an idea that this is not just any path, but one by the sea, by the accidental things you see: flip-flop, bicycles etc.

Overlaying these two movies creates an interesting phenomenon. The moving of the walking creates a movement-distraction from the beauty of the static sunset. The eyes naturally following movement, following the lines of divide in the concrete slabs and various shapes of pavement.. I want to look at the sunset, but my eyes are distracted by the regular descending lines and patterns. I also fade in and out the sunset so as to mirror thought and one’s sense of distraction, the mundane so often masking the beauty of just being.

And every now and then you see a glimpse of the “now” reality, children playing, swimming, etc.. and your imagination get’s to fill in the blanks.

The music is an adaptation using the rhythm and it’s 12 permutations of Clapping Music by Steve Reich.

Within Clapping Music there is much to listen for in the interaction of the separate rhythms. In my development of the idea, I continue the thread of focus and create collages of sound. We can focus in on a multitude of separate parts of the sound. Do we listen only for the loudest part or can we strain our ears (and brains) to focus on one of the 12 rhythms present, that makes up the background?

I have always loved free rhythm, a pulse with emphasis that shifts is so liberating. We westerners have boxed and enslaved pulse, here is some listening time, to play with how we hear emphasis.. and enjoy how it makes us feel when it’s unregulated.

Always having been fascinated with phase and the shifts and uncomfortable nature of insecurity between moments of solidity in musical structures, this piece was a joy to work with.

The track is available for download on bandcamp, at a fee chosen by yourself.. or, if you feel you are not able to spare funds and want to download it, then just leave your email address.. :)

https://georginabrett.bandcamp.com/track/qualial-coalition

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Live Voice Meditation @ The Groucho Club 10th February 2015

Strayed into the realms of 5/4, pentatonic and whole tone scales as well as some Eastern flavours, which i love.. enjoyed the constant of a drone bass using an octave pedal.. every now and then you can hear the crowd of people chatting.. ! :)
I always intend this type of work to be good to work to, or to meditate or do yoga to… if you try, will you let me know if it is helpful for concentration or for clearing the mind?

A Hand-picked Selection of Soundfiles

There’s plenty of live performances to view on Youtube, but this can distract from the more intense work that get’s done in the studio…

Do remember to buy an album if you appreciate work. Almost all the money from a purchase on bandcamp goes to the artist.

Insert Art for Nonsense A and B

The Albums Nonsense A and Nonsense B are available on iTunes

Georgina Brett Nonsense A and Nonsense B are finished.

Buy Nonsense A and Nonsense B on iTunes

All can be downloaded from iTunes or Bandcamp, but you can buy the CD’s here if you like. All Cd’s are one of a kind and contain artwork by myself. They can all be signed and dedicated to you personally. (All CD purchases come with a surprise gift CD of some sort)

I have been focusing on vocal sound collages for a while now, and have called it ‘Non Sense’ for many reasons. The word “nonsense”, in terms of language, talks of no verbal sense, no meaning conveyed. Language needs context, structure and grammar in order to function. These albums are “non sense” from a language point of view. However, there is so much more to communication than language, and ‘hear/here’ I attempt to make pure emotional musical matrices which each have a particular flavour.

The album also endeavours to show the power of the voice as an instrument. The songs give the listener a ‘Vocal Bath’. You get the freedom to ‘use’ each individual track as concentration music, or for meditation or as a means to sleep. Think whatever you like, there is no narrative. However…. the development of the notes and chords and rhythm is pretty compelling, so follow in the musical journey and switch off your own words, it’s relaxing.

“Your mind is captured by [this sound healing] sound, there is so much to be busy with, your brain is thirsty for things, if you give food to the mind somehow it is quiet, like if you give a dog a bone. allowing the other dimensions of the mind such as self-awareness finally to have space and ‘let go’. ” Monika Soundgate in reference to Soundgate sound healing.

Non Sense A and B were made in the hope that they can afford a similar space for the listener.. a space of healing. The mind is often described to be like a restless and curious monkey (Taoism), it tries to find complication. Hopefully what you will find with this album, is gentle complication in sound, coupled with beauty and a general sense of reliability.