At the foundation of all organized audio (music) there exists systems. These systems provide a simple (preconceived) context for the listener and guides their perceptions through the piece. If an artist produces a piece based in these systems, but also allows for experimentation in an unrestricted environment, then naturally the end result will lead to these systems endlessly building on top of each other, cascading ultimately into complete nothingness. Meaning without meaning; conclusion without conclusion. This is the relationship that artist Ben Glas is most interested in, and is arguably the most crucial element to his productions. Glas finds extreme gaiety in exploring the highly personal interactions that take place between an audio (or musical) production and its audience.
As a student at the Pacific Northwest College of Art, Ben has been actively investigating the immense power and complexities of sound as art and music as interaction. Through the lens of both an academic and autodidact, Ben aims to produce work that actively encourages a conversation, positive or negative, with the listener. ‘Music To Interact To’ finds Glas narrating that interaction, altering the listener’s perception and understanding while exploring the language of sound (technically and metaphorically) to the fullest.
released September 15, 2015
All material written and produced by Ben Glas
Artwork, design, & layout by Nathaniel Young
Additional engineering by Charlie Perez