Noctambulism occurs in the deepest phase of sleep. Sitting up in bed, the unseeing eyes on the noctambulists expressionless face open, as the sleeper arises from the place of rest, to unconsciously navigate the physical environment. Dreams are not believed to occur when in this slow wave sleep phase, consciousness relaxes its firm grip, and the sleeper is suspended in the void of the unknown nothing. Noctambulismes is an episodic aural excursion through the nocturnal expanse of the somnambulist plane. Noctamublismes refer to the nodes in a string of dream-like sequences stitched together by the audible hiss of “silence”. The noctambulist is swept back and forth between the ebb and flow of ocean waves, lulled by lilting bells and chimes, thrust into unfamiliar metaphysical environments. There is a forward movement to the piece, but it is hesitant, as it is uncertain, whether the next sequence will result in rest or great perturbation, as noctambulists are prone to experiencing night terrors.
The first sounds E Gmackrr and AJ Cornell melded together were broadcast from CKUT Radio’s Master Control Room to the city of Montreal, it was a hurried affair that has turned in to a solid relationship based upon the act of listening. E coaxes sharp textures from her hand made electronic instruments, AJ enjoys sustained sounds of the saw and field recordings. Through their collaboration, A and E have tried to find alternatives to the regular performance contexts and have also worked with video artists, writers, as well as around visual scores designed by Boston-based movement artist Joe Burgio. E and A have been improvising together in many contexts, and recorded 2 self-released albums as well as 2 collaborative ones. They recently presented 3 radio-based works, including 2 sound installations and a radiophonic piece entitled Noctambulismes.
Their work was presented at Deep Wireless Radio Art Festival (Toronto), Re:sound Falmouth 2011, Radia Network, output:Noise (Syracuse,NY), Bent Festival NY, free103point9 Transmission Arts (Exitrip publication, NY). The Chicago-based organization Radius has commissionned the duo to produce a new radio-based piece for early 2012.