Sabisha Freidberg Residency
For her Audio Art Residency at the Clocktower, audio artist and composer Sabisha Friedberg will create The Starry Garter: A Certain Point Within A Sphere, a radio adaptation of the obscure scientific allegory Etidorhpa, or, the end of the earth: the strange history of a mysterious being and the account of a remarkable journey. Published in 1895, Etidorhpa tells the tale of an unknown man’s journey to the center of the earth, divulging arcane secrets in a process of initiation, and revealing a journey to an ethereal plane of non-material existence.
Friedberg’s The Starry Garter: A Certain Point Within A Sphere is a sonic prose-poem for the radio, drawing on the fantastical Victorian novel’s text and spiritual and scientific explorations as an inspiration for original soundscapes. Friedberg is known for investigating the tactile and aleatory qualities of analog material and antiquated technologies. For this project, she will combine an electro-acoustic approach with an application of granular synthesis to create specific auditive forms, adapting the 19th century Hermetic tale into an aural soundscape, illustrating the chapters with dialogue and musical interludes, and creating the environment of the piece with textures and effects generated by vintage foley work.
Friedberg’s Spring 2011 performance of the final work in the Clocktower Gallery will also be broadcast live on AIR’s radio station, www.ARTonAIR.org.
Friedberg studied experimental film with Ernie Gehr, and recording and electro-acoustic/ tape music composition with Don Lloyd, Paul DeMarinis and Chris Brown of Mills College of Contemporary Music at the San Francisco Art Institute. She recently received a prize at the Bourges International Electro-Acoustic Music Competition in France for her musique concrète piece Ellipsis. Friedberg is based in Paris and New York.