Ingrid Plum is a Brighton-based Composer/Musician www.ingridplum.com
“I find that feminist context emerges as part of my practice through my eschewing of boundaries that would be projected upon my choice of roles, rather than by making work that individually and specifically addresses feminist issues… I do not usually frame my work as feminist in itself. I am a feminist who makes work and my practice infers these issues – not by addressing them directly by subject, but by making work that exists despite and in spite of any gender gap that would deny me a contextual space for my work.”
Submission to ‘Ekho:: Toward a Repetitive Sounding of Difference’
“I followed Alvin Lucier’s example in ‘I am sitting in a room’, using the piano instead of a room and Nils Frahm’s ‘Mi’ as the source…I set up 2 Neumann 183 microphones to capture the sound of a Yamaha C6 grand piano with the sustain pedal weighted to form a reverb unit. I played the track on speakers aimed at the piano, and recorded this with the reverb from the piano. I repeated this with each new recording and the layers of reverb added obscured the notes played in the original. After 15 repetitions I ended up with this version comprising of the last few repetitions layered, which I have played with so that the feedback from the higher harmonics is not uncomfortable to listen to.
“There is something to be said about a woman taking on the role of producer and remixing a male artist’s work. Remixes tend to be done more often by men, and I often get a reaction of surprise that I would assume the role of remixing & producer, as you need the confidence in your ability to believe you can bring something new, reimagine or improve someone’s work. I’ve used the piano, his instrument, to both transform his piece and remove the sound of his performance so his actions as a performer are a trigger for my choices in process & production.” Supporting Statement.