Gosia Winter: vocals/harp/china plate
Lee Noyes: acoustic guitar/percussion/live processing
David Holmes: amplified canvas/paintings/vocals
All songs 2008 Winter/Noyes/Holmes
Dhialogue was born in 2002 when, being used to improvising on acoustic guitar to the pre-recorded scrapes and pops of my own drumming, I struck upon the idea of using contact mics on the canvas of painter/friend/collaborator, Luke Hancock. Early attempts provided some very humorous moments, but the idea never really left Luke’s lounge.
Thus, the idea slept for a number of years until I met painter David Holmes, who immediately took a shining to the idea, excited by the exposure of process in the creation of an art-object: natural enough to the improvising musician; still often an idea foreign to the world of painting. Regular meetings and recordings took place and dhialogue found its feet.
July 2007 – enter Miss Gosia Basinska. An immediate rapport was established between we two around impromptu playing in Mt Barker, Adelaide, convincing us of a need to continue collaboration. I sent Gosia recordings from the dhialogue project more for getting feedback from a sympathetic ear, little expecting the course that was to be taken through her involvement.
Here, now is the result; some improvisations more or less in their entirety; others chopped or looped whilst still retaining a live and minimal feel… tracks bounced back and forth over a period of months as a certain kind of relationship found its boundaries. I am very grateful to both David and Gosia, and to the fruition of this rich dialogue.
David Holmes – Artist
When I paint, all my attention is on the colour and structure of the work. The colour and structure survive, but the sound, the smell, the process of the painting are lost. It occurred to me that if the canvas became an instrument of sound, then I could capture the physical act of painting. In these pieces I have used the canvas sometimes like a soft drum, sometimes with brushes, another time scraped with a spatula. There are the sounds of cardboard rolls and pot scrubs dipped in paint, dropped, thrown and scratched across the canvas. In one song I attempted a sculpture using a block of wood, mallet, chisels and power tools. The sculpture came to nothing but the sounds from the process were used in “Fine as Diamonds”.
Gosia Winter – Musician
Using the tracks that Lee and David had worked on I did what comes most naturally to me – I found patterns. I found patterns of sound within the tracks as they were and also created these patterns with loops from sounds that stood out to me. Then, once I felt I had the mood of the piece, I improvised vocals onto the track and occasionally added other instrumentation. What I enjoyed most was the simplicity and space in the tracks and in the music David and Lee had created.