At Glass Beach

Nick Norton

2013

A realization of a piece for an infinite number of guitarists, playing an infinite number of guitars, recorded in an infinite number of places, and played back through an infinite number of speakers in an infinite number of combinations.

In this case, we used six guitarists, in six countries, through eight speakers, with some bells. We put each recording through three different reverberant spaces at Bedrock Studios in LA, we did some cool randomization stuff, then we mixed it down to two channels so that you can listen to it at home, where you might not have an octaphonic speaker setup.

The piece is meant to lend an atmosphere to a space, rather than to be actively listened to. I recommend putting it on and doing something relaxing, in a place with mellow lighting. You can put on multiple copies of it as well, starting at different times. When we premiered it at Mills College, with video by David Gordon, we let it run as guests entered the concert hall, talked with each other, and took their seats. And it felt great.

Fabricio Mattos tracked down the guitarists. I’m indebted to both him and David for helping make this possible.

If you’re interested in presenting it as a sound installation, please drop me a line.

credits

released 14 May 2013
Written and produced by Nick Norton
Reverb processing by Nick Tipp
Mastered by Carl Saff
Video and album art by David Gordon

Guitars:
Christian Cocolicchio
Daniel de Lima
Fabricio Mattos
Fabio de Oliveira
Nutavut Ratanakan
Camilo Verga

All material copyright Nick Norton unless otherwise noted.