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LITHIUM CITY

Some thoughts on Lithium City and Extended Listening
by Liz Helman

My art practice, both sonic and visual, is about place and dislocation and invariably explores this in urban environments. I was interested in the idea of making a piece that explores places and atmospheres through sounds that drift in and out of consciousness; as if on the edge of or travelling though places that could be anywhere, yet recognisable.

With this, I wanted to explore concepts of long extended hypnotic sequences that are steady states with longer durations of sound, allowing for active listening. I wanted the city as a manic place with drifting field recordings of voices and transit using the drones as a suppressant to this; hence the title, Lithium City.