Book of Latter Day Saints is a piece constructed from a field recording of a small corner of the 19th arrondissement in Paris. The recording is played back through speakers that are laid onto a wooden table containing a laptop and a clip-on piezo microphone attached to the firewire cable of an audio interface. As the recording is played back from the laptop the piezo microphone picks up the sound of data flowing through the firewire cable, the ticking of the hard drive and many other components in the computer as well as the sound of the field recording itself resonating through the wooden table. All of this combined creates a rich sonic texture of feedback that is then performed by simply changing the gain and manipulating the position of the piezo microphone.
Scott Cazan is a performer, composer, and sound artist who frequently explores human relations with technology, the act of listening, networks and the physicality of sound. He has performed and shown his work with institutions such as REDCAT (LA), Machine Project, CENTQUATRE (Paris), PACT Zollverein (Essen), Ausland (Berlin), Art Cologne, Ensemble Zwischentöne (Berlin), and the University of California. He has collaborated and performed alongside a variety of artists such as Michael Pisaro, Ulrich Krieger, Mark Trayle, Carole Kim, and many others. He holds a BFA from the University of California, Santa Barbara and an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts where he has studied with Mark Trayle, Michael Pisaro, Sara Roberts, Ulrich Krieger, and Morton Subotnick among others. Scott currently resides in Los Angeles, California where he teaches and performs regularly. His music can be heard on Khalija Records and at www.scottcazan.com.