Michael Morley: Music for The Never Quartet / Natacha Diels: Sad Music for Lonely People
Friday, July 19th, ISSUE and Harvestworks present acclaimed New Zealand-based artist and musician Michael Morley presenting Music for The Never Quartet, a new piece exploring the sonic possibilities of the acoustic guitar as a pure resonant amplifier of sound. Perhaps best known as one third of the Dead C, an enduring free rock unit that has pushed the proto- and post-punk templates to exhilarating points of disintegration for the past three decades, Morley has also recorded music as Gate, the Righteous Yeah, the F—k Chairs, and Sun Valley, as well as under his own name across a range of genre.
The evening also features 2019 Harvestworks Resident artist Natacha Diels premiering Sad Music for Lonely People, a series of recent works involving inspirational quotes, messages from another world, and a step-by-step guide to using heavy machinery in healing rituals. Diels’ new works incorporate the use of SONYC (Sounds of New York City)’s large-scale field recording database of classified “urban sounds” — a multidisciplinary initiative led by researchers from New York University, looking at ways to acquire, analyze, classify, and model urban noise pollution in New York City. These field recordings, along with their labels, comprise a high quality dataset of the sounds of New York in the 21st Century.