Cat Pose is an exploratory, collaborative, audio-imaging work by Nick Butcher & Nadine Nakanishi (Sonnenzimmer) and Ryan Norris (Coupler) sparked by a collective interest in the nature of audio loops.
The origin of the project was inauspicious. A question was posed: “what is a loop?”. From that seed a forest of conversations, ideations, and iterations sprang. The process began in earnest with a photograph of Ryan’s cat, Jericho, with the intent of creating a sonic impression of him using a series of audio loops. Based on this photo, a graphic score was developed, 33 equidistant “slices” demarcated from top to bottom. Any section of Jericho’s body within a slice was visualized by an ellipse—a loop—as a graphic representation of the distance around a particular part of his body.
As imaginative as this all may sound, it is only the beginning of the story—a step into the unknown. What Cat Pose actually is can be difficult to parse. There is sound, yes, and text, too. A collaborative essay unpacking the parallels between image and sound circumnavigates the exterior of the LP cover. Perhaps it is most accurate to call Cat Pose a tone poem, or “tone parallel” as Duke Ellington might say. Cat Pose asks questions but only alludes to answers. It is a meditation on the nature of temporal versus non-temporal art. Cat Pose is motion and stasis in balance, an un-concluded interrogation of the twinned nature of time and space, of image and sound. It is a holistic, transparent, creative act; stating the question, performing the answer, and providing a format to revisit both.
We’re opening our studio to celebrate the release of Cat Pose, a collaborative LP release by Sonnenzimmer and Coupler two years in the making.
There will be two concerts, each featuring a collaborative music performance by Sonnenzimmer & Coupler and an opening set by Mabel Kwan. Due to the scale of our studio space, seating is very limited.
Concert One: 11am – 12.30pm | Sonnenzimmer & Coupler, Mabel Kwan
Concert Two: 4pm – 5.30pm | Sonnenzimmer & Coupler, Mabel Kwan
Health and Safety:
This is a private event. Masks and proof of vaccination are required. Performers will be unmasked during performance. 25 chairs available. Restrooms are gendered, not wheel chair accessible. Building has a freight elevator. Studio located on the 3rd floor. If you have access needs, please contact us, so we can figure out a solution.