Jewel of the Ear
Presentation and listening session by Gilles Aubry, Robert Millis and guests.
Location: Clark House, Colaba, 8 Nathalal Parekh Marg, Bombay 400039
Date: January 7 2016, 18h
As an artist duo Aubry & Millis focus on cultural, material and historical aspects of sound technologies and recording practices. Following a five week residency in Bangalore, Shillong, Kolkata and Mumbai this presentation will focus on the early days of music recording in India. This will include a selection of shellac records played on an acoustic gramophone, accounts of the first European recording expeditions in India (1902-1915), as well as Indian prisoners’ voices recorded in Berlin during WWI. Contemporary listening, recording and archiving strategies will be discussed and possible ideas towards a decolonization of the sound medium. The audience is invited to give their reactions and thoughts.
Robert Millis is a founding member of Climax Golden Twins, a solo artist and a frequent contributor to the Sublime Frequencies label. During 2012 and 2013 he was a Senior Fulbright Research Scholar in India studying Indian music, sound art and the early recording industry. His work often centers on collections of sound or of traditional music, especially from the Gramophone 78rpm era of early recording, either specifically using samples of these sounds or garnering inspiration from research. http://robertmillis.net/
Gilles Aubry is a Swiss sound artist living in Berlin since 2002. His artistic practice is based on an auditory approach of the real informed by researches on cultural, material and historical aspects of sound production. Combining field recording, critical discourse and sound experiments, Aubry creates installations, audio essays and movies without pictures. His sonic images (phonographies) of more or less identified situations stand as an attempt to challenge problematic aspects of visual representations. www.earpolitics.net
For more information on the project: www.earpolitics.net/projects/jewel-of-the-ear/