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.