VS 11 (2013)
20 minute double sided cassette
Track Listing Cassette
Side A – OK
Side B – OK
As a visual artist, David Blamey has a knack for finding patterns of formalism in everyday life that, when augmented through acts of repetition or prolonged attention, break down and unravel in interesting ways. At the critical point of collapse within this method there exists an opportunity for subjects to transcend themselves: to be elevated from their material constraints into a higher realm of possibility.
This new sound piece evolved from an ink drawing made in India that simply states: “O.K.” The banality of the word would seem to offer little in the way of musical promise, yet when repeated over time our awareness becomes drawn to subtle inflections within its minimal neutrality. In due course any meaning that the word may have once held is lost and something else transpires. With references to club culture, meditation tapes and conceptual art, this project serves as a droll mantra for uncertain times.
“David Blamey has two pieces, both called ‘O.K.’ In one he does all the voices himself and in the other they are by him, Tom Merrell, Pam Martin, Samara Scott and Mike Wyeld. Now here we are definitely in the land of sound poetry. The word is repeated over and over, but not a strict loop. It’s rather a mixture of the same thing recorded in various spaces mixed together and has a great, disorienting effect on the listener. It works best in the single voice version. The multi voice version works best as a musical piece because it uses loops indeed and also some pitch shifted voices. It’s alright, but the solo voice version has a much more creepy effect. Are things really o.k., I wondered?” Frans De Waard / Vital Weekly
“Text based piece by the British visual artist David Blamey. Actually, text based may be a bit bold as a description, since the entire piece consists of the phrase “OK”. On one side it’s intoned in various way by Blamey. On the flip, a quintet does the duties, resulting in something quite strange, creepy and good.” Byron Coley / The Wire 350