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Crave

Posted 24 August 2014, 11:36

For the past year or so, I’ve been working with my friends video artist Greg Kowalski and artist/musician/hellraiser Dei Xhrist on a new production of Sarah Kane’s play Crave). We were fortunate to be accepted into the 2014 New York International Fringe Festival. We’ve now completed the first three of our five performances, and are very happy to have received a glowing review from James Alexandratos of The Public Reviews. The entire review is worth reading (in my completely unbiased opinion), but personally I am partial to the section that refers to “Dave Seidel’s brilliantly subtle sound design.” Thank you, Mr. Alexandratos!

For more on the production, including stills and clips, see Greg’s site. As of the date of this posting, there are two more performance FringeFest performances coming up on August 23 and 23 (see the preceding link for all the details).

I will also mention my release Absence Sleeps Between The Buildings At Night, which is based on the work I did for Crave.

Update, 2014-08-24
Our FringeFest run is over, and it went well. We hope to eventually announce another NYC-area performance at some point in the not-so-distant future.

I’m pleased to note that we have received two additional positive reviews:

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Absence sleeps between the buildings at night.

Posted 31 January 2014, 13:06

Image copyright 2014 John Kannenberg

John Kannenberg’s Stasisfield netlabel has just released Absence sleeps between the buildings at night. This work is an off-shoot from a project I’ve been working on with Greg Kowalski, a unique multimedia production of Sarah Kane’s play Crave). It’s a bit of a departure from my previous work, both in its dark tone and its heavy use of field recordings. These properties developed from my response to the material and the needs of the performance. I think of this work as anti-ambient; it is droney and may be listened to in the foreground or in the background in common with ambient music, but it deliberately does not partake of the soothing quality we tend to associate with that genre. Instead, I mean to invoke more of a sense of unease, which seemed to me to be appropriate to Kane’s work.

Here is a track from the release:

The complete release can be found at the Stasisfield site. It is free, and includes detailed liner notes (including credits and links for the field recordings I used, all of which came from Freesound).

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