“The coronal suture of the skull (this would first have to be investigated) has – let us assume – a certain similarity to the closely woven line which the needle of the phonograph engraves on the receiving, rotating cylinder of the apparatus. What if one changed the needle and directed it on its return journey along a tracing which was not derived from the graphic translation of sound but existed of itself naturall-well, to put it plainly, along to coronal structure [of the skull], for example? What would happen? A sound would necessarily result, a series of sounds, music… Feelings – which? Incredulity, timidity, fear, awe…”
– Rainer Maria Rilke
shot by Mathieu Rioux
performed live at Bunker2 in Toronto
February 4, 2017
Solo exhibition at State of Flux Gallery, Modern Fuel Artist-Run Center in Kingston, Ontario.
“In recent years, legendary Canadian singer-songwriter, Neil Young, has made it a personal aim to again “give music a voice” by offering fans and listeners unprecedented fidelity in personal listening via his product, the Pono (a Hawaiian word meaning righteousness, the one, the pureness) Ecosystem™, capable of playing back the master recordings of classic albums and rare performances at highest possible quality. The Pono Ecosystem™ is believed by Young to be “a revolution in music listening,” and “is dedicated to restoring ear-body connection within a new digital system.” Taking Young’s push for maximum fidelity as a call-to-action, Lochhead and Lee (both music-lovers, inventors and video artists) have recently collaborated to unleash ENCORE™, a product that promises a new standard in music reproduction, live performance and in the overall righteousness of song. By harnessing the exciting virtual reality technology of the Oculus Rift, pristine live recordings (such as Neil Young’s initial unveiling of Old Man from Live at Massey Hall, 1971) are lifted from the muddy confines the past, to be given a new, refreshing gravity of the present, the real, the now, the pure… In this demo prototype, you, the listener, are encouraged to enter the vividness of an iconic performance. So sit back and open your ears and eyes. Watch as a state-of-the-art avatar enters the lush world of our simulated venue. Watch him sit before you, sing deep into your eyes, your soul, and possibly, even, your heart.”