Vexations / David Pohl

David Pohl, Vexations, 2017



4 channel video

Artist Statement
“In order to play the theme 840 times in succession, it would be advisable to prepare oneself beforehand, and in the deepest silence, by serious immobilities.” – Erik Satie
A series of short video pieces exploring the physicality of recorded sound. The audio is derived from altering the playback of 33rpm records by placing objects on the LP and physically interfering with the path of a record player’s tonearm to create “sampled loops.” In playing around with the phonograph as an instrument, I am following a tradition of experimentation by music pioneers like John Cage (prepared pianos) and hip hop DJ Grandmaster Flash (scratching).
This piece contains samples from some of Erik Satie’s best-known solo piano works, including Gymnopédie 1-3, Gnossiennes 1-6, Trois Nocturnes and Vexations.
About the Artist
David Pohl is an award-winning illustrator and multimedia artist based in Pittsburgh. He works with layers of graphic elements to explore themes of acceptance and social justice.
October 6, 2017 - July 29, 2018
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