A little while ago, back in an ancient 2011, the Chicago label Contraphonic expanded their Sound Series to Pittsburgh with Host Skull's "Fourth River" composition. Now, in the very current 2013, the second entry in the series comes in the form of Justin Hopper's text/sound piece, "Fourth River: Ley Line." The piece takes some inspiration from Justin and Emily Walley's Ley Line exhibit that was held in 2012 at Assemble Gallery, which asked artists to interpret an imaginary ley line running through Pittsburgh's college-soaked Oakland neighborhood. From there, add in the Bonny Bows of London and the banks of the Ohio River and you have yourself a journey. The video below was shot by Ambulantic and contains the voices of Justin and British folk singer, Shirley Collins. Note: I have conflicts of interest all over this thing. But it is rather beautiful and sounds amazing. Check it out below:
But wait, I have more updates: On Friday, 06/07/2013, CSA PGH will have the first of two pickup parties. This one happens at the Warhol Museum and features the picking up of work by the inventive Lenka Clayton, the exploratory Ed Panar, and yours truly. For the CSA PGH, I have created 50 copies of a new, triangular lathe cut 8" record that is packaged in two layers of cut, 157 lb. paper. The piece on the record is a text piece for sung and spoken text and is sung by Raquel Winnica Young and spoken by me. Excerpts from the text were then cut into the paper. A download is also included, but at this point, all 50 CSA packages are sold out, so hopefully you already ordered your share. The event starts at 5:30 and I hear that there is catered food. So, stop by!!