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Illusion Of Safety

Illusions Of Safety
Systems Focus 1: [Buchla/Euro]>Visions Of Error

Visions of Error

I have been interested in visual abstraction probably since my screening of Kubrick’s 2001: a Space Odyssey when I was 10. I have played with photography, visual arts, and 2D collage since high school and have loved graphic arts as an opportunity to highlight the ideas and concepts present in the audio work I have pursued for over 40 years. Likely in 1986 along with “Main Core” members of IOS: Mark Klein and Mark Sorensen (who both were professional photographers/filmmakers) we began working on videos for the project. Those early videos are being transferred to digital and will finally be available soon for the first time on the internet. Later when I finally had a computer of decent capabilities I got into Final Cut Pro and entered a new phase of video making. Many example were made to accompany IOS live performances and then some rock videos for the bands CHEER-ACCIDENT, and Dead Rider. Examples that show my interest in cut up editing technique and expressing altered states of consciousness can be seen here on my defunct youtube channel:

I have once again begun working with video after a long break, and now am posting these on my Vimeo page as well as on the website of my new strictly electronic/synthesis project Soundoferror. The presented companion video album “Visions of Error” was a series of live grabs made with the iPhone while laying down the tracks for Session 32’s Buchla album “Margins of Error”. Further processing of the live video with the deep and promising Synthetic Software Studio Artist 5 software (which I have barely scratched the surface of here for the first round) completes the series first installment.

Illusion of Safety
From 1983-2015, and resurrected in 2020 Illusion of Safety has been the ongoing project of Daniel Burke (b.1960) working alone and with many collaborators. Like many projects of a certain age it frustrates attempts at pat summation. It began after Burke drew from Throbbing Gristle’s farewell concerts the impetus to make sound his vehicle for confrontation, self-discovery, connection, and transcendence. Their music is the terra incognita where sound, silence, noise and music intersect. Using conventional instruments, sound generating devices and random objects, IOS hews sonic sculptures that deliberately provoke, mesmerize and confront listeners. Releasing over 30 full length records, tapes, and CD’s on Complacency, Odd-Size, Staalplaat, Tesco, Silent, Soleilmoon, Korm Plastics, Experimedia, Waystyx, Drone, and No Part Of It. Performing over 300 live concerts throughout Europe and the states. Notable performances include No Fun 2008, the Wroclaw Industrial Music Festival 2009, Sonic Circuits in 2010, and In collaboration with Shen Wei Dance Arts in 2011, for his work “Still Moving”, Burke performed live at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC with 12 dancers and a six channel surround system.