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"The Futile Knocking of My Heart" is a collaborative sound project by Sasha Opeiko and Martin Stevens, with contributions from guest artists. Each episode is an experimental rumination of melancholy, loss or speculation. Each artist is asked to find their inspiration using the sampled and modified sounds of the Deathwatch Beetle (Xestobium rufovillosum), a creature of myth and destructive reality. The deathwatch beetle is a woodboring insect which occupies ancient buildings, tunneling into t ...
 
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Go Away, a new work by Sasha Opeiko, co-creator/producer of the Futile Knocking of My Heart, mixes sampled sounds from a classic horror film with the frantic clickings of the death watch beetle, slicing and reframing the fictionalized speech and soundtrack used to construct a haunting – a haunting that is trapped in the very structure of a fictitio…
 
Stirling Noh hails from the ether, emerging incognito to commit sudden musical atrocities. Recognized at clandestine nitrous oxide raves for spinning such pulsing cuts as "Za Za", "Cubiform Triangle", and the epic, thunderous gonging of "Leaky Hut of Sadness", Noh is laso rumoured to be the masked DJ for "The Other The". In this, his rich electroni…
 
Some contributors took a more narrative approach to the appropriation of the sound. “Death Watch, A Melancholy Meandering, Through ‘a’ Dying Process” “Death Watch, A Melancholy Meandering, Through ‘a’ Dying Process” written and performed by Paul David, evokes the feel of the American Western cinema genre, here a departure from the other episodes' i…
 
"Night Watch" is a post-ambient soliloquy reflecting on a solitary death lived in a crowded room. It is a crowding of thoughts that is the night watch, the obsessive looping fears of a troubled mind. Stevens attempts to capture the romantic dread of the beckoning insect, as perhaps experienced on a deathbed centuries ago, atmospherically evoking co…
 
David Bergeron is primarily an electronic musician who produces music as Qwiet Eye, as well as soundtracks for films, games, and installation art. His work and collaborations have been showcased across Canada in North Bay, Quebec City, Toronto, Victoria, and Windsor, and internationally in Tokyo, Rome, Germany, Poland, Iran, Texas and Louisiana. "T…
 
Cohabitation with the deathwatch beetle skitters into the subject’s sense of safety, the home becomes an othered place of doom, and this raises questions regarding destabilization of our anthropocentricity through a process of integration of disintegration, of the seemingly stable conditions of the home or the cultural institution as infiltrated wi…
 
"Berwick Tweed Deathbeetle" conjures an extrinsic journey, a flaneur through contemporary Britain. The track is a cycle of electronic washes under gale warnings radioed to ships at sea. Both danger and comfort are inscribed in a spatial nostalgia summoned through local experience. Consider also the return to a quiet interior with the sounds of the …
 
honjok was born and raised on the shores of The Misery Coast. He received his formal education in filmmaking, after formative years dabbling with synthesizers. honjok marks his return to electronic “music” decades later, this time with a focus on manipulated and effected found sounds and field recordings. "Breath Watch Needle" was created entirely …
 
"Structural Timbres: A Generative Infestation" is a live stream of a dead-living sound object entitled "Structural Timbres: A Generative Infestation". It is a real-time stream of a generative audio system which models the patterns, behaviour and sounds of a deathwatch beetle infestation, originally scheduled for the duration of the 52nd NeMLA Virtu…
 
In Slime Dynamics, Ben Woodard states that “Contagion becomes neither death nor life but protracted life, a state of never quite being dead – an undeadness not of the living dead but of " dead living ... death becomes cracked open and endless” . Opeiko’s track refers to this kind of state – dead trees growing – also an ideal habitat for the deathwa…
 
"Market Melancholy" by Andrea Slavik. As an interdisciplinary artist and educator, Andrea Slavik seeks to challenge popular ideological practices and forms of representation active in Western culture. She holds an MA in Visual and Critical Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has exhibited in North America and Europe. Current…
 
"Damage" by Les Godfrey & Martin Stevens. Les Godfrey is an Ontario musician and luthier, building classic guitars and basses, timeless works of playable art. "Another place, another music, another song for these two hands. All too familiar never lost. Perfect heart, perfect the art! Rocking boat will draw the sail. A happy soul be doomed to dwell.…
 
The Futile Knocking of My Heart is a collaborative podcast project by Sasha Opeiko + Martin Stevens created for the “Speculative Figures and Speculative Futures: Our Uncanny Postapocalypse: Sights and Sounds” panel at The 52nd Annual Convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association, 2021. Each episode is a commissioned sound work utilizing i…
 
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