Cthonian Cell Observation I (Continuous Pressure Wave for Elevator Car)

DEREK HOLZER
Sound Performance, 2010
(self-built analogue synthesizers, guitar amplifier, strobe lights, sound)




Drawing on the underworld mythology of heavy metal and noise music, "Cthonian Cell Observation I" is a three-hour concert for an audience of one. The performance takes place in the narrow confines of an elevator car filled with an overpowering, physical mass of sound pressure and blinding lights. Only a single individual can be admitted at any one time to the space, which is barely big enough to accommodate them, the performer and the necessary equipment to create the performance. Almost nothing can be heard outside and those waiting can only guess at what the listener is experiencing. Everyone is unexpectedly alone once they step through the door.