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REVERSION

AN ONLINE EXHIBITION BY BEN GREEN FEATURING BACKWARD SOUND, MUSIC AND IMAGERY

REVERSION IS THE OUTCOME OF A STUDY UNDERTAKEN BY BEN GREEN INTO REVERSED SOUND.  THE STUDY INVOLVED CONSIDERING THE OUTCOME OF REVERSING SOUNDS AND WHETHER THEY ARE STILL RECOGNIZABLE IN THEIR REVERSED STATE.  AN OBVIOUS OUTCOME OF REVERSING SOUNDS IS THAT THEIR SOUND ENVELOPE (ATTACK, DECAY, SUSTAIN, RELEASE) IS REVERSED.  THIS MEANS THAT SOUNDS THAT HAVE A FAST ATTACK (ARE LOUDEST ALMOST IMMEDIATELY), WHEN REVERSED, FADE UP AND CEASE ABRUPTLY.  REVERSING SOUND PRODUCES UNUSUAL RESULTS TO HUMAN EAR.  REVERSION ALSO INVESTIGATES USING REVERSED SOUND IN THE CONTEXT OF COMPOSITION.  MAKING A SONG OUT OF REVERSED SOUNDS AND INSTRUMENTS PROVES CHALLENGING AS MOST MUSIC RELIES ON INSTRUMENTS WITH A FAST ATTACK TO KEEP STRUCTURE.  WHEN REVERSED, IT IS A LOT MORE DIFFICULT TO ARRANGE THE SONG TO SOUND.

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REVERSION

REVERSION 2015 BEN GREEN

REVERSION IS THE EXHIBITION TITLE PIECE AND IS A COMPOSITION SURROUNDING THE STUDY INTO INDIVIDUAL SOUNDS INCLUDING INSTRUMENTAL, ENVIRONMENTAL AND SPOKEN.  THE COMPOSITION FOLLOWS IN THE PRACTICES OF MUSIQUE CONCRÉTE WITH THE ARRANGEMENT AND LOOPING OF MANIPULATED SOUNDS.  IT ALSO HOLDS A MELODIC ASPECT WITH TUNED INSTRUMENTAL SOUNDS PREDOMINANTLY USED.  THE VISUAL COMPONENT DIRECTLY RELATES TO THE AUDIO IN THAT EACH ELEMENT IS SEEN AS SEPARATE, JUST AS EACH AUDIO COMPONENT IS CONSIDERED SEPARATELY.  IDEALLY, REVERSION IS VIEWED FULL SCREEN ON A LARGER SCREEN WITH HEADPHONES.

 

THIS IS BACKWARDS

THIS IS BACKWARDS 2015 BEN GREEN

THIS IS BACKWARDS IS A MUSICAL COMPOSITION CONSISTING ENTIRELY OF REVERSED INSTRUMENTATION AND SINGING.  THIS PIECE WAS DEVELOPED TO INVESTIGATE THE UTILISATION OF REVERSED SOUND IN A COMPOSITIONAL CONTEXT.  BASICALLY, CAN A SONG BE COMPOSED WITH BACKWARDS INSTRUMENTS.  THE MOST CHALLENGING PART OF THIS PROCESS WAS LEARNING TO SING BACKWARDS.  IT WAS ESSENTIALLY LIKE LEARNING ANOTHER LANGUAGE.  TWO VERSIONS HAVE BEEN POSTED, ONE WITH SUBTITLES.  BUT IT IS SUGGESTED THAT VISITORS LISTEN TO THE VERSION WITHOUT SUBTITLES FIRST, TO DETERMINE THE SUCCESS OF DECIPHERING BACKWARDS SINGING.  CREDIT TO ARTIST, TABITHA GREEN.

THE RIGHT WAY ~ THE LEFT WAY

THE RIGHT WAY ~ THE LEFT WAY 2015 BEN GREEN

THE RIGHT WAY ~ THE LEFT WAY IS A SINGLE ACOUSTIC COMPOSITION THAT IS DESIGNED TO BE PLAYED BOTH FORWARD OR BACKWARD.  CLICK ON THE FIRST PLAYER TO HEAR IT FROM LEFT TO RIGHT.  CLICK ON THE SECOND PLAYER TO HEAR IT FROM RIGHT TO LEFT.

BACK IN TIME

BACK IN TIME BEN GREEN 2014

BACK IN TIME IS ANOTHER BACKWARD MUSICAL COMPOSITION WHICH INSPIRED BEN GREEN'S FURTHER STUDY INTO REVERSED SOUND.  IT WON THE PRESTIGIOUS HARRY HOPKINS AWARD AT JAMES COOK UNIVERSITY'S 2014 GRADUATION EXHIBITION, NUMINOUS.  IT IS A MELODIC, INSTRUMENTAL PIECE, WHICH IS STRUCTURED, BUT ALSO CONTAINS AN IMPROVISED APPROACH, PARTICULARLY WITH REGARD TO GUITARS. 

UNSONG

UNSONG BEN GREEN 2014

UNSONG WAS THE FIRST COMPLETED COMPOSITION IN BEN GREEN'S REVERSED SOUND SERIES.  IT WAS ESSENTIALLY AN EXPERIMENTAL PIECE AS TO THE POSSIBILITIES OF REVERSED SOUND COMPOSITION.

UNPAINTING

UNPAINTING BEN GREEN 2014

UNPAINTING IS DIFFERENT FROM EVERY OTHER PIECE IN THE REVERSION SERIES.  IT IS THE ONLY PIECE COMPOSED ENTIRELY ELECTRONICALLY VIA SOFTWARE.  IT IS ALSO AN EXPERIMENTAL PIECE THAT WAS WRITTEN TO BE A LOGICAL COMPOSITION FORWARD, BUT THEN REVERSED.  CREDIT TO ARTIST, TABITHA GREEN.

REVERSED INSTRUMENTS

REVERSED INSTRUMENTS BEN GREEN 2014

A SERIES OF INSTRUMENTAL SOUNDS DISPLAYED IN FORWARD MOTION AND REVERSED MOTION.