Scan Site 1 (2018)

for electric guitar & laptop

Collaboration with Alex Christie

A “spirit box” is a tool used by paranormal investigators to communicate with the deceased and other paranormal entities. The box sweeps through radio frequencies and outputs a garble of static, words, and other raw sound, inviting users to recompose these fragments into meaningful phrases. The idea is that the spirit box allows spirits to speak in the world of the living.

The spirit box is a site-specific tool, which—using the audio broadcast in its present location—enables us to find meaning in noise. Scan Site 1 also communicates through noise: the performers and spirit box input noise into the processing system. The guitar, electronics, and box interfere, modulate, and support each other, speaking together in order to express new meaning.

Performed at SPLICE Festival in November 2018

Find more of Alex Christie’s music: alexchristie.org