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Eric Schmid – “a channel, dedicated to Michael”

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既存の物事・価値観を自身の表現に取り入れ作品にするEric Schmidによる(プライベートリリースを除く)初の公式アルバム。
2013年にニューヨークのプログラマーMichael Pollardと出会い、刺激を受けあった二人はほぼ毎日電話で様々な話をしたそうです。そんな会話の中で、会話や電話にまつわることを作品にしようというアイデアが生まれ、エリックは2010年から2015年までに自分の電話に残されたたくさんのメッセージを用いて今作を制作しました。
彼にまつわる自分以外の人たちの言葉。そこに彼はいないのに、すべてが彼自身であり堂々と彼の表現として仕上がった素晴らしい作品です。

recital (cd) 2016

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In 2013 I was living in California working as programmer
and would talk to ‘our friend Eric’ (I owe this formulation to Rachelle
Rahme: http://michaelpollard.net/fqw/rachelle-rahme-our-friend-eric.pdf)
on the phone every few days – he’s always liked talking on the phone
and I liked it then because I could take breaks from work and it was
also nice to talk with our friend who was living in New York, where I
had just recently left, but where most of my thoughts that were not
related to work continued to be.  He
left a year and a half before I did just after the beginning of our
final semester at school. He’d returned to the city to finish school
shortly after I left to go to work.  Now I am living in New York and he is in Chicago. From August 2014 to October 2015 we were both living in New York.  On one of our phone calls he talked about an idea for art production that involved recording all his phone calls.  At the time he had been writing these poems: https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0Bw9NkmY9G3e4dzZjT2V0NXFDYW8&usp=drive_web and a lot of his calls would come directly after he had emailed a poem to me because he wanted feedback.  I
think that this CD comprised of all of the voicemails found on his
phone dating from the years 2010-2015 is a response to that idea.  “We
have a calling to redeem weakness in the moment and to treat this
indeterminate material as the solution to psychic stabilization,” he
once said.  Recently when I
played him some recordings I had been working on he reminded me that I
had expressed discomfort at his proposal to record all of his phone
calls, so he did not do it.  As
someone who would talk to him on the phone every few days while I was
on a break from work I was naturally uncomfortable with this idea
because of a concern that it would alter the way that I would
communicate with him.  I know
that his poems had altered the way that I corresponded with him through
email and text and the nature of communication over the phone seemed in
that sense less productive – over the phone communication could occur
with our friend about art and life without concern for the immediacy
with which the one could be interpolated through the other.  The
voicemails that are found on a phone are the result of an undirected
editing process over time and the production of an album from them is
the result of an automatic export process – a found form.  I like to think about the voicemails in relation to our friend’s bag sculptures and poems.  What is the bag? We say: a vessel, something of the kind that holds something else within it.  He
reminds me that in this context it may be fruitful to make reference to
Dieter Roth’s “Flat Waste”, the various vagaries of life,
self-portraiture, and auto-biography.”


-Michael Pollard, June 2016