CHRIS COBILIS WITH KENNETH GOLDSMITH + SPEKTRAL QUARTET
This Is You
LP/DL Room40 RM477
This Is You proposes a metaphysical feedback loop involving the lens, a broadcast system, biological ocularcentrism and the Sun. Using the birth of user-generated content as the starting point, the work traces the 25-year history of the TV programme Funniest Home Videos in an attempt to describe the prism of existence as solar vanity. This Is You meditates on the desires of the self, bathed in light and rawly exposed without any more intent than being itself.
Australian composer Chris Cobilis set about transcribing episodes of both Australia’s and America’s Funniest Home Videos to develop an animated graphic score and accompanying script which conceptually speaks of the feedback loop This Is You proposes. The work was performed live in studio by Chicago’s Spektral Quartet and American poet Kenneth Goldsmith at Electrical Audio with engineer Steve Albini.
Chicago’s Spektral Quartet perform repertoire in the traditional canon while equally embracing present-day modern composition. Notable releases include Chambers (2013) and Serious Business (2016).
American poet Kenneth Goldsmith is the author of ten books of poetry, is the founder of UbuWeb and was a broadcaster at WFMU for 15 years. His most recent book Wasting Time on the Internet was released in 2016.
Chris Cobilis is a self-trained musician based in Perth, Western Australia.