Unit (excerpt) by Marc Behrens published on 2013/03/21 09:59:35 +0000 Excerpt of a CD released in 2012 on and/OAR. A journey to the Chinese Qinghai province (Tibetan culture region of Amdo) was commissioned by the Goethe-Institut China. Its purpose was to experience the province and to produce art works to be presented at The Third Guangzhou Triennial, subtitled «Farewell to Post-Colonialism» in the same year. The sound installation Unit and a series of photographs called Cutting Qinghai resulted from this journey, during which I took photographs and made audio recordings. The installation was presented from September 6, 2008 to November 18, 2008. Unit consists of five pairs of floor-mounted frame drums and hanging loud speakers. The frame drums resonate, depending on the sound pressure level from the speakers, which hover a few centimeters above them. There are four sound elements (stones, crickets, cymbals and drums used in the 5-channel audio composition for this set-up, which were auto-selected and projected onto the frame drums according to an aleatoric script on a multi-channel DVD.) 50 copies of this release come with a (6.75" x 6.75") 40 page book entitled Cutting Qinghai. The regular edition of the CD is limited to 250 copies.