located in Gifu, Japan, Brian Labycz [koura] has been working within
experimental and computer based audio work for the past several
years. With a strong background in Western and Japanese classical
performance, his focus is on improvisation and live performance
as well as composition. Under the moniker koura he is most focused
on using field recordings as the main source for works. The goal
is to remove sounds we encounter on a daily basis from their normally
percieved context in order for them to exist without cognitive pre-dispositions.
The recordings are processed to an extant but their organic tangible
qualities still remain. By simply offsetting our normal perception
of our surrounding sonic environment we can appreciate these sounds
for themselves as opposed to some soundtrack to life.
contribution to the palimpsest project is a series of short field
recordings from within Japan. The definition of 'palimpsest' setforth
by Stasisfield used the idea of paper or manuscript that was re-used
many times. These recordings can be seen, due to their short duration,
as postcards that will be passed on from one visitor to another
as the journey of the palimpsest project evolves.