The paramount goal of this project was to investigate the role of silence within the work of the three artists involved. For Of Silence, Pas Musique, Shaun Sandor, and Ben Link Collins all began with their own concepts involving silence. Each artist composed an audio piece based on their notion and then passed the completed works on to the next artist in a predetermined rotation -- Pas to Ben, Ben to Shaun, and Shaun to Pas. The following composer then worked on the previous artist's composition with their own concept of silence in mind. This revolution took place twice, resulting in nine full compositions.
A short written analysis of the role of silence throughout modern experimental music was composed at the outset of the project to serve as a primer for each artist. That analysis is included within the booklet of the artefact along with a longer discription of the approach and excecution of each artist.
"Just yesterday I was on the phone with one of our more irregular reviewers and we talked about an online compilation he was to review. I once again told him about my reservations for reviewing compilations, although I understand why they are released. We agreed that one possible exception might be the thematically organized compilation and so of course, today, I get this 'Of Silence'. I will leave out the booklet's finer points on John Cage and '4'33' and anechoic chambers, as I assume this all to be part of anyone's historical musical knowledge - or else gogoogle. So, here we have three bands/persons creating a track of silence: Pas Musique amplifies silence and re-records them in a silent room for a couple of times, Shaun Sandor has a contact microphone recording of a classical guitar and a floor tom at rest in an active room and Ben Link Collins has 'studio silence and the perceived stillness of nature'. Each of these pieces is here on this release and each piece is passed onto the next on the list, who adds, subtracts, distorts on that based on their own concepts and then passes it onto the final person. Nine tracks in total and never a second of 'real' (what is that?) silence. Actually it's never very silent either, I was thinking. There is a fine sense of sound processing on these pieces. Now that's what I call an interesting compilation. It has a refined concept of collaborative efforts and some excellent music. This is sort of thing that would not have been out of place on Line I think, except of course the pieces here are (much) shorter than on a Line CD. But the overall approach is more or less the same. Microsound - does anybody still use that term, I wondered - music in optima forma, and has some excellent deep, drone like pieces and never goes anywhere too soft. An excellent all around release of musique concrete, sound scaping and fine concept. In terms of laptop productions it may walk some paths you have heard before (Chartier, Meelkop, Behrens), but it works rather well here. (FdW)" -- Vital Weekly
On the surface, Silent Media is a platform for artifact based, interdisciplinary art projects. Everything arising from the
endeavors of Silent Media involves at least two mediums communicating an overarching concept. More information can be found on the Silent Media website www.silentmediaprojects.com...more