Banjo player, sound artist and all-around amazing soul Emily Lacy is the currently the artist-in-residence at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Tomorrow night she will commence a series of performances there called “Temple of the Mind.” As far as we're concerned, this is THE PLACE to have your mind blown by sound this weekend. Need proof?
The LACMA website has a quickie interview with Lacy on their website:
LACMA: Tell us about your process.
EMILY: It's very exciting to be able to build a relationship to the space over a series of weeks, spontaneously creating soundscapes and feeling how it works in the space. I use delay pedals, where you're able to input a signal–whether it's a voice or an instrument–and it starts to play back and then you can just create layers and layers and layers. By working with a whole series of pedals I can multiply this process of output and degradation of the sound.
Lacy performed a sound installation at LACMA last year as part of Machine Project's takeover of the museum. Here's part of what she did:
She's perhaps best known around these parts as a banjo player, and has the voice and the vibe to back it up.
Lacy's had a long relationship with Machine Project, she told LACMA: “This project came out of a residency I did at Machine Project where I played in their gallery window almost every day for six weeks. I had no idea what was going to come of that but I realized that this was a process I wanted to do again and again.”
After tomorrow night's 6 p.m. performance, Machine Project will celebrate the release of A Machine Project Field Guide to LACMA, a book documenting the art gallery/performance space's single-day takeover of the museum last year.