LINE is proud to present Set or Performance, the first live performance documentation of Richard Chartier. Recorded to disc at the deep listening event series VOLT/AA, curated by Eric Mattson, co-curator of Mutek at SAT: La Societe des Arts et Technologiques in Montreal, Canada on December 9, 2003.
“My live performance differs perhaps most significantly from my recorded work by virtue of an increased audibility and activity. The sounds used are selected from a collection of predesigned sounds, culled from past compositions and unreleased works but chosen with attention to the space and situation in which they will be presented as part of a new performative composition. In this sense, a live piece works to bring sounds into new and more immediately dynamic relations, creating a compositional outline within which a degree of space exists for immediate and on-site improvisational effects and reworkings. Because a live performance occurs at a slightly louder volume than recorded compositions, and even further pulls the attention of the audience specifically to the experience of sound and its physicality, performances are best suited to take place within spaces that encourage the listener to circumvent other sensorial input especially of the visual sort. Minus the impinging presence of visual cues and, as much as possible, other audio stimuli disconnected from the performance itself, a live presentation of my work methodically cultivates attention. It encourages a listening environment where auditors may focus intently upon their capacity for hearing the presentation of sound, within a context and frame distinct from the more routine forms and practices of listening. Numerous audience members have often noted over the past several years on the transportative nature of the performance/experience and that a distinct displacement in their experience of time occurs in which they are no longer cognisant of the duration of the actual performance.”
– Richard Chartier