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Jess and Alison Ramsay perform in New York and Georgia, respectively & simultaneously

May 5, 2010

Dual Channel Cochlear, in minor triads

Sound and video installation (dimensions variable)

2010

Dual Channel Cochlear, in minor triads Sound and video installation (dimensions variable) 2010

installation at Cabinet

Dual Channel Cochlear… explores the fields of deaf education, audiology, and music theory in the form of a trio of objects, all emanating, receiving, and transmitting sound simultaneously. The video is a two-minute loop of Alison Ramsay translating an audiogram, detailing the mechanism and inner-workings of a cochlear implant. The sound is a combination of a micro-recording of a natural minor scale. The three objects and three elements of sound create a pulsing, panning minor triad.

Dual Channel Cochlear, in minor triads Sound and video installation (dimensions variable) 2010, Jess Ramsay, Alison Ramsay, Cabinet Magazine, Materia

The field of deaf education and audiology, and more specifically, the research being conducted on cochlear implants is largely centered on an investigation of translation, transmittance, and subsequent remixing of the variables. Jess and Alison’s piece seeks to connect three elements: video, sound, and amplification, in an effort to create a minor triad rooted in and produced by creating literal and metaphorical barriers and intervals, leaving no single image or sound, in a recognizable form.

Dual Channel Cochlear, in minor triads Sound and video installation (dimensions variable) 2010, Jess Ramsay, Alison Ramsay, Materia, Cabinet

Drawing on the concepts of information transmission, translation, and minor scales, both collaborators contributed live sound in and out of the gallery space.

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