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Visitations | five poems by Joel Fry and five audio pieces by Ben Link Collins.
Visitations is a study of ideas and how those ideas break down when distilled into words or sound. Each respective piece of Visitations began differently. For “The Marriage Proposal” the poetry came first and the music was composed based on the ideas represented in the poem. For “The Farm Before Dawn” that method was reversed. Though, in other cases, Joel and Ben’s creative processes were not that direct. Instead, there was an extensive back and forth between the artists to represent an idea in whole through both mediums. For “A Star on The Sea” Joel and Ben began with only a title, working independently at first, and then bringing their works in progress to each other for final touches. Both “Prayer” and “Old Age on Sanders Street” where created less methodologically, but with equal focus on the other medium. Though the works on Visitations are the result of two artists working independently within their own means of expression, a broader consciousness was imposed on Ben and Joel’s processes in the sense that they were never alone, never permitted to create in a vacuum, never without a definable sense of an other in both human and creative forms.
All words on Visitations, including titles are by Joel Fry. All audio compositions are by Ben Link Collins. Additional help with the recordings were provided by Emily Troedson, Joel Fry, Philip Little, and Nell Elizabeth Hay.
Samples of Ben's audio:
Snippets of two of Joel's poems:
"You hid me in a shelter,
a school of beggars.
I’ve forgotten why."
"A Star On The Sea"
"The world is deserted and tossed in the wind."
Visitations is an edition of 150, handmade and hand numbered books and cdrs. The books are hand sewn with maroon or periwinkle stitches. If you have a preference, leave a comment with your payment.
Vital Weekly - "Following their book and CD project on Stan Brakhage (see Vital Weekly 797), Silent Media Projects offers here a small booklet on sturdy stock with five poems by Joel Fry, which are connected to the also delivered music by Ben Link Collins (who I think is the man behind the label). Its not that he set the words to music or that the poems were inspired by the music, but who were created in a collaborative process. So sometimes the poetry came first and sometimes the music came first. I am not really a literally educated person to say something about the poems, I must admit. I am sure they are great. The five pieces of music I can comment on. Collins is a composer of electronic music, using perhaps analogue and digital techniques to create his music, and perhaps also uses a bit of field recordings in here, which seem to be the case in 'The Farm Before Dawn' or the [sounds] of 'Old Age On Sanders Street'. Sometimes it seems purely electronic such as in the two drone like pieces 'The Mariage Proposal' and 'Prayer'. I found it not very easy to say if these [poems] fit the music very well. I do, however, think that the music stands by itself quite well. Interesting pieces of electronic music, crossing the lines between ambient and musique concrete, drone and noise like, all in an intelligent way. Quite nice altogether, fine project." (FdW)
Igloo Magazine - "Released on the challenging and innovative independent label Silent Media, Visitations is the latest Ben Link Collins effort. This album transcends the limits of ambient music and experiments a fascinating dialogue between a sonic soundscaping tapestry and meaningfully existential-intimate-allegorical poetries. The musical style concentrates on long sustained droning spheres, green field recordings and ambiguously fluctuating noises. Discreet abstract music meets interactive experiments. The poetical facet remains expressed inside the CD-book and remarkably written by Joel Fry. A personal reading can harmoniously and naturally accompany the floating harmonic sound textures and others noisy-drone sounding materials. These visitations encourage the listener to enter and be absorbed by fictional and neurotropic sound sculptures which subtly make us aware of new temporal forms of experience, profoundly static and paradoxical. “The farm before dawn” introduces us into a very singular and powerfully evocative universe made of infinite and slowly transforming metallic-chordal drones. “The Mariage proposal,” “Prayer and most of all Old Age” and “Sanders Street” carry on a rather similar musical path but put the emphasis on high pitches, burgeoning experiments, ecological sound sources and a tasteful communication between consonance and dissonant sound ingredients. “Old Age Sanders Street” and “A star on the sea” reach a rare degree of subjectiveness and radical abstraction. Close to the conceptual musical categorization of acousmatic researches. A honorable, unconventional and cerebral musical experience which can ravish fans of visionary experiments from the French GRM, the topographic sound excursions of Xenakis and the sonic art forms released by the label Empreintes Digitales."