Philip Mantione

Memory Hole

Electronic Language International Festival

The title, “Memory Hole” is a reference to the novel, 1984 by George Orwell and relates to the idea of rewriting history in a way that benefits or validates the current power structure. Recent elections and campaign rhetoric in the US and elsewhere have been particularly egregious. Truth has never before been such a fleeting and amorphous concept. Without identifying specific musical correlations in this work, I can say that it reflects my state of mind during the composing process; a struggle for coherence in an otherwise fragmented world. Source material for this work was created with a Eurorack modular synthesis system driven by a custom application written in Max/MSP. Improvisations were recorded using Ableton Live and edited and mixed in Pro Tools.

Philip Mantione is a sound and multimedia artist, composer, guitarist, educator and writer living and working in Los Angeles. His work includes music for orchestra, chamber ensembles, computer, fixed media, bent circuits, interactive performance, multimedia installations and experimental video. He writes custom software in Max/MSP to create music that melds field recordings, modular synthesis, sampling and computer generated sound into unique sonic textures. He was recently awarded a residency at the Djerassi Artist Residence Program 2018.