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2 Responses to “Michael Ridge: Unnoticed Audio”
I only saw him amplifying sounds in the café area. It felt slightly awkward being in Michael’s place of work, a public space during opening hours, but I enjoyed this feeling. I like the fact that it took me a few moments to work out where the sound was being projected from. It was subtle and curious at the same time. It really made me think about the sounds that we take for granted and generally go unnoticed.
Cleaning glass (developed a musical technique)
Cleaning out cupboard
Trolley walk (interesting public reaction: confusion in the Cotman Gallery. Baffled members of the public)
Cleaning tables (friction, “Where the f*** is that sound coming from?”)
Sweeping the floor
Improvised: invited members of the public into café kitchen (fridge motor, coffee machine, amplified pepper pot)
Documentation consists of stills and three sound clips
Incorporate these types of sound into future music based projects
Wanted to keep a low profile, dressed as if working
Domestic equipment because it’s in a place he works?
More about using existing materials in the space
Getting across an element of the day job
“Notice me, I’m cleaning” comical, shifts perception, becomes performative. Get the cleaners to try it out in the future (they were interested in the piece)
Note-based glass piece
Shift away from earlier sound performance (noise/physicality)
Couple of violently negative reactions from public and security