double exposure James Bentley

Double Exposure is the fourth piece from the Cycle of Noise project. The title refers to the process (or technique) of accidental or deliberate repeated exposure of a plate, or film etc. The film, or image, in this instance is an ambient recording taken at the Grand Place, Brussels; other abstract material forms an ‘environment’ that continually swirls around, emerges from, and eventually invades the space.

Double Exposure was created in the composers’ home studio. It was first performed at the festival L’espace du son (Brussels, 2001) on a combined sound system of Musiques & Recherches and L’Acousmonium Motus in a solo diffusion concert given by the composer. The work is available on the CD compilation Presence Vol. III (PeP, 2002).

About the Cycle of Noise

The Cycle of Noise project is a series of works that explores the cultural phenomenon (through musical context), but primarily the sonic aspects of noise. By noise, I mean: distortion, feedback, glitch, white noise, hum, hiss and other derivatives usually associated with the ‘unwanted’ part of an audio signal. Central to each work is the discourse between noise and non-noise (real-world or concrète) sound-worlds through musical processes. As the cycle progresses, these processes become less rigorous, whilst noise accumulates over the course of the first half of the cycle before rapidly fading in the latter stages.

The cycle consists of six works (totalling around 80 minutes), which are divided into two sets of trilogies: the first three works form something of a ‘radio trilogy’, while the latter three have an environmental aspect to them (explored through location or space). The cycle is intended to form an evening concert, with an interval separating the trilogies.

James Bentley: Cycle of Noise (1995-2004)

1. Interference (1995-7/9) solo violin 7’
2. Bruit (1997/8) electroacoustic 10’
3. Short Wave Fantasy (1998/9) electroacoustic 17’ 06
4. Double Exposure (2001) electroacoustic 9’
5. In Broken Images (2004) electroacoustic 17’ 20
6. Trace Element (2003/4) electroacoustic installation 15-20’

  • Year of composition: 2001
  • Duration of the submitted work: 9:00

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