Scott F. Hall: headphones please!
The sounds that artist Scott F. Hall lures from his various instruments and occasional field recordings resonate with a deeply internal, thoughtful sensibility. The intensity with which he creates, plays, and composes reveals a freedom of expression and ultimately a real pleasure in making sound.
The richly layered sound works (here presented in video format) range from short (25 seconds) pieces such as "Ear Shark" to longer compositions as in "Somewhere Between C and E" (5 minutes, 18 seconds). The artist always succeeds in focusing a listeners attention to the sounds created, the present moment, the instruments - in short, the act of listening.
His explorations go beyond a definition of 'music' or 'song' and allow us to experience sound in a new way by providing a new context in which to hear it. There is a layering and a mystery, a manipulation of instruments and recorded sound, and a rock energy which allows the listener to expand our scope of what art can be as well as what music can be.
Be sure also to see the piece called Cu Na Mara (Hounds of the Sea) in which Hall collaborated with artist Matt Dombrowski to create a visual melody to match, precisely, the feelings that the sounds evoke.
Also included here is a video self-portrait, in which Hall reveals himself in a way that parallels his sound work; slowly, patiently, and with great finesse.
Scott F. Hall [born 1963, California] is an intermedia artist working predominantly in the medium of sound for exhibition in the visual art context. Currently, Hall is developing a new microtonal sound practice of indefinite time signature which merges organum novum and power ambient pealing to create a form which is free from the shackles of tuning and time.
Cu Na Mara (Hound of the Seas) - stereo sound & video: 1:39 - 2009
by Scott F. Hall and Matt Dombrowski
a collaboration in moving image and sound by Matt Dombrowski and Hall "...is a phenomenological paradox: a superrealist experience created through synthetic means... It is an audio-visual fabric woven from nothing more than zeros and ones."
Old Settlement Road - sound: 3:41 - 2009
a work which records the sounds of a summer night in Merritt Island, Florida. One hears the voices of numerous mosquitoes, frogs, crickets, and birds as well as the clatter of a train passing far off on the opposite shore.
Video Self-Portrait - silent video: 2:13 - 2009
Shooting Star - sound 0:36 - 2009
this piece depicts the process of convergence of Eastern and Western cultures in our time through the blending of differing traditions in the rapidly changing 21st century.
It is comprised of two primary elements in multiple, interwoven layers: 1) Hall on the dan bau, a rare acoustic-electric single-stringed musical instrument native to Vietnam and; 2) recitation by Classics scholar Eleni Manolaraki the poem BYRON by Kostas Kariotakis in the original Greek language in which it was written.
Strings (Hold the Ensuing Silence) by Scott F. Hall and Elise Frost - video and sound: 3:00 - 2012
Pressed for Time - sound: 2:18 - 2012
Played on a duoquadramonotar—a unique, fretless electric bass register instrument invented by the artist. Hall typically plays his double-necked original entirely with hammer-on and pull-off technique to create interwoven arpeggio patterns.
more info at: 11 questions with the artist