“Gauging by chat response, @swhic piece was something of a fan favorite – a sonic collage of field recordings and ambient environments mashed up with manipulated video of sheep grazing in the snow. Terry’s practice is both beautiful and smart, interrogating essential questions of the anthropocene” [Vimeo]
Los Angeles, February 2021
Intimacy is a project which to me showcases the intersection of many facets of thought, artistic inquiry, and spiritual rigor. I’ve designed some of the norns scripts which Terry uses to bring this work to life, which is a humbling position to be in. His writing reflects the same curiosity through which the scripts were developed – namely, using improvisational methods to provide disparate pieces of data a shared foundation. Terry’s presentation of cognitive processes as mirrors of other patterns found in nature is particularly compelling. To me, this adds depth to the concept of “intimacy with the unknown” – if we are fundamentally made of the same electric and cellular impulses as all life, this makes the unknown comfortingly closeby. This “shared world”, as Terry puts it, is a fascinating starting point for creative exploration. In Terry’s hands, the gaps between and within us are fertile ground for new states of being. By embracing “contamination, depression, weirdness” not as challenges to life but as signs of life, Terry guides audiences into a more holistic orientation to both lightness and heaviness. As an instrument designer, it’s incredibly rewarding to see Terry’s work. The questions of Intimacy are the same which motivate my own creative exploration, in the form of tools for sound. In a way, engaging with Terry’s work over the past year is an additional expression of strangers becoming less strange to one another. Finally, Terry’s involvement with lines (the online community through which we met) has helped infuse his perspectives as an artist with the development of the tools he uses. Beyond being a kind corner of the internet, lines is where scripts for the norns platform are shared and discussed. Terry has brought imaginative feature requests to many scripts in the norns ecosystem, This thoughtfulness, to approach another’s work with open curiosity and imagination and share new ideas back to the creator, is a hallmark of how Terry moves through community.
New York, March 2021