The Global impact of COVID-19 has made it apparent the tenuous balance where human mortality resides, between human vulnerability and resilience. Chaotic systems exhibit this kind of volatility, and like a tensile system, there is a boundary at which the system falls into catastrophe. Human kind is quick to respond worldwide to the deterioration of these systems, but never so much before has the world has been challenged by the “age of disinformation”. The animated graphic score shows four colourised audio oscilloscopes that describe different states of chaotic behaviour: stable equilibria, bifurcation, turbulence, and noise.
In this podcast, Decibel member Louise Devenish talks to Stuart about his work for Decibel.
Stuart James is an award-winning Western Australian-based composer, performer, sound designer, audio engineer, and producer. His compositional work explores both acoustic and electronic instruments, and he has been commissioned to write compositions for the ABC, Tetrafide Ensemble, the WASO New Music Ensemble, and his work has been released on Tall Poppies. Stuart also manages and operates a commercial recording studio where he has collaborated with ShockOne, Kele Okereke, JMSN, Ta-ku, Loston, Jaime Page, and others. Stuart also completed his doctorate for research in spatial audio, spectral synthesis, and wave terrain synthesis, and has continued to publish regularly on music technology.He is a senior lecturer at Edith Cowan University.
Stuart is a founding member of Decibel, where he plays piano, electronics and manages our sound. His compositions have featured in concerts such as The Western Australian Composers Project. He is also mixing and mastering the 2 Minute From Home pieces.