Alan M Jackson
My compositional focus is on how we relate to our environment and how we relate to each other.
In my practice I use situated and dislocated sound to explore the relationship between the anthropogenic and the natural environment. I take incongruous technology (eg. self built electronic instruments) and audiences into the outdoors environment. Conversely, using ambisonics, I bring the outdoors to confront the audience inside.
Through my committment to participation and giving voice, I've been questioning the role of virtuosity in performance. I have developed a practice of multi-layered improvisation where I use modular electronics to rapidly create one-off instrument as a combination of sound creating modules and performance controllers. I perform by improvising on the improvised instrument which may only exist for a single performance. I explore themes of participation and authority in my pieces.
Feedback is an integral part of my instruments including feedback through the environment. This creates a coming together of the anthropogenic and natural rather than just a juxtapostion.
My current work is about our personal and societal relationship with water. This is the first part of a three phase project looking at water, land and air.