Reverberation Part - 1

Alireza Jahromi

I believe that sound has two fascinating qualities which sets them apart from other natural phenomena: A tangible but nameless quality which gives sound it immaterial and ghostly property, as it can penetrate everything and travel through matter; it therefore invades our material world. The other quality is that of transparency. Sounds from each playing instrument pass through objects and through each other and what we hear is a new sound altogether; the result of an ensemble of instruments playing simultaneously. In other words, the musical notes and voices cross each other, bodies through bodies; they change and make changes, are formed and form other sounds and this quintessential movement creates a musical universe which arrives at our ears at that promised moment. The human voice is no exception. Each instrument has its unique sound, just as each individual has a particular voice of their own; each sound and its creator are therefore inseparable. That may be why one cannot help but notice moments of detachment of the sound from the face in the art of dubbing. The present series focuses on the human voice; the first musical instrument ever to be used by men. In each frame, several images of a vocal artist from different angles of an event or different dream-like fragments are superimposed over one another to compose a tableau. These images go through one another just like sounds would, and without any single form being manipulated or distorted, images assume the quality of sounds. What you see is the result of this pseudo-sonic transformation. Some of the images are composed of different operatic scenes. Others are the combination of a scene from a performance with my some of my favorites scenes painted by Rembrandt. A number of other portraits are created in multiple prints using linocut, woodcut printmaking and photo-etching techniques. Each print is named after one of the memorable pieces performed by the artist