Collision Mandala: EeOhLay (2022)
Video accompaniment for Glass Canyon Ensemble's tribute to Thrushes of the Chicago region
Glass Canyon Ensemble
Collision Theory (2022)
Working with Rob Frye and Satya on the Collision Mandala series of videos for Glass Canyon Ensemble’s soon-coming Collision Theory album has been one of the highlights of an undeniably heavy year. I extracted all of the colors and forms in the video from Rob’s photographs of window-strikes – birds that died after colliding with Chicago’s glass towers. Collision Theory will be available from Amalgam on February 17, 2022.
Rob Frye - compositions, woodwinds
Satya - compositions, voice, words
Nick Alvarez - drums, percussion
Max Beckman - bass
Oli Harris - cello
Ben Lamar Gay - flugelhorn
Daniel Chamberlin - Collision Mandala videos
Alex Inglizian - recording engineer
Bill Harris - mastering engineer
"EeOhLay" is the first single from Glass Canyon Ensemble's forthcoming album, Collision Theory. This piece is a tribute to a couple of familiar kinds of Thrushes seen migrating and breeding in the Chicago region every year. The photo of a window-strike Hermit Thrush was taken by Rob Frye while monitoring with Chicago Bird Collision Monitors in 2021, and manipulated by Daniel Chamberlin (Dead Bird Blues, 2019) into a Collision Mandala.
Melodic phrases transcribed from Wood Thrush song were recomposed by Rob for Glass Canyon Ensemble. A slowed-down recording of an individual at Buffalo Rock State Park in Illinois is heard, revealing the shape, modulation, and repetition of one of Eastern North America’s most beautiful yet declining songs.
Thanks to Chicago Bird Collision Monitors, Experimental Sound Studio, MoSI and The Institute for Bird Populations.
This project was partially funded by a grant from Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events Individual Artist Program.
UPDATE: A second Collision Mandala for Glass Canyon Ensemble’s “Zugunruhe” has emerged.
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In an unexpected and auspicious coincidence, the release of “EeOhLay” is happening simultaneously with the premiere of my most recent collaboration with PJS, the electronic music project of Patrick Dique and Jordan Christoff. The video for “Eco” from their recent Environments album features heavily manipulated slow-motion footage of the White River in Muncie, Indiana. The VHS version sold out quickly, but there are still cassettes available at dystop1k.bandcamp.com for the dead-tech-heads. And an infinity of digital, of course.
We’ll post an HD version of “Eco” to the Cosmic Chambo Vimeo following the online premiere of the Environments Full Visualizer experience on Tuesday, January 25, 2022 at 6pm PST. My video will screen alongside work from CINEMA, Q, and Dystopik.
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