Paul Dunham (NZ)


Click::RAND is an indeterminate sound sculpture utilising relays as sound objects. The work is an audio-visual reinterpretation and representation of an historical relationship between a book of random digits and the electromechanical computing. Click::RAND converts RAND Corporations book of random numbers, A Million Random Digits with 100,000 Normal Deviates, into an audiovisual series of binary sequences. The work presents these binary sequences as spatialized sound patterns to complement the physical presence of the work. These patterns, as rhythms, are framed within the context of Henri Lefebvre’s rhythmanalysis and experienced as synchronous, syncopated or discordant rhythms. As such, Click::RAND explores the possibility of embodying the notation of presence and absence as a method to expose the patterns of state transitions of binary sequences as a series of rhythmic forms.
Artist Biography:
Paul Dunham is currently a PhD candidate with the New Zealand School of Music. His practice-based research is focused on creating a series of sound sculptures that establish a narrative between the past and present through the convergence of obsolete and current media technologies. He has exhibited and presented works domestically and internationally, most recently at New Interfaces for Musical Expression in Shanghai (June 2021) with a paper presentation and two works.
Project Credits:
This project is supported by Te Herenga Waka, Victoria University of Wellington.