paul dodgson

sculpture, drawing, video art, experimental music

The Singing Machine

This is a short film that documents the operation of The Singing Machine.

People become part of the machine and sing.

The people in the video are singing what they hear in the headphones.

In the bottom right corner is an dual trace oscilloscope.

The top trace is the sound the people are hearing through the headphones. This sound comes from an audio frequency generator controlled by the operator (out of shot). You cannot hear this sound, only the sound made by the voices.

The bottom trace is the sound picked up by the microphone.

Below is a close up of the oscilloscope with different audio.

The Singing Machine is played on a monitor with headphones at the 3rd Floor Studios and Gallery in Manchester. (Flyer below)

The audio in this version is much higher quality than on Vimeo.

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Drawing at Manchester Museum

 

 

Earlier this year I was given access to objects from the Zoology collection at Manchester Museum.

Below are a series of watercolours on paper. Paper size 11″ x 15″.

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Here are of life-size drawings of specimens from Manchester Museum’s zoological collection.

I chose to draw skulls because they are like natural sculptures. In them, complex forms, hollows, curves, bulbous swellings, plates and ragged cavities flow and change direction from one part to another.

I have foregone traditional use of cross-hatching to show tone and shadow. Instead, using a steel nib dip pen and Chinese ink, I have taken clues from growth rings, pits, dots, edges, lines and squiggles on the skulls and translated them into a type of calligraphy.

By drawing many skulls, it has become apparent to me how topographically similar they are. Although the skulls differ in appearance, the separate parts of different skulls are roughly in the same relative position to each other. This applies whether reptile, bird or mammal and an ear cavity or jawbone in a bird has the same function as that in a baboon.

The drawings are also a meditation on death. I encountered the objects deep in the storerooms of the Museum. I have tried to bring something of these dead animals back to life and light by drawing them.

albatros

baboon

bear

cow

dik-dik

gorilla

striped-hyena

turtle

Puritans

The archetypal Puritan is an ambivalent figure. They were opposed to superstition and cant and yet could be censorious zealots.  John Milton and Issac Newton were Puritans as was Oliver Cromwell.

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Ink on paper

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