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Ellen Band creates sound and music pieces for performance and concert settings, installation, sculpture, and tape. Deeply inspired by the infinitely complex textures, rhythms, and colours within the so-called ordinary sounds of everyday life, she uses the technique of field recording to collect the source material she uses for her pieces. She then fashions works that reflect the imagistic, mnemonic (memory), and psychoacoustic properties of sound. With a strong background in 20th Century experimental music and sound art traditions, she crafts sound works which transform familiar sounds into new contexts and forms for listening to, perceiving, and experiencing sound.
“Ellen Band’s amazing world of sound is composed by layering groups of sounds in a very musical fashion. In Railroad Gamelan, we hear the click-clack of the tracks, track crossing bells, train horns and other down by the tracks ambience. Swinging Sings features Band and Adele Armin on violins playing along with very microtonal children’s swings in the park. Starting with swings gently swinging, the violins eventually join in until there is a swirling mass of sound. Bubbling, spitting and drooling radiators are the sound source for Radiatore and all kinds of bird sounds for Closet Bird. The binaural recording of Minimally Tough is remarkable. With headphones, one really does feel like they’re in the middle of a group of people wearing new leather coats. I feel like I’m being shrink wrapped.”
Originally published in the Downtown Music Gallery Newsletter