Henry Delargy

Henry Delargy

Henry Tucker Delargy is a Los Angeles based percussionist and improviser. His quasi ambient music explores the intimacy of sound, aural world creation, and the nature of active vs subliminal listening.

Artist Location: North Hollywood, CA

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On-site Event June 4th

How to Desensitize: Attempt One
Audience member individually sits in a chair and is given headphones and a button to press (a la jeopardy). When the button is hit, an aural explanation begins. “The following audio may be intense. Too intense even. If you find yourself needing a break, press the button again and we will play 20 seconds of relaxing sounds. Then the original audio will continue. Use the button as often as you would like”. The 1st audio is a cacophony of clips from news channels, youtube videos, and other sources of audio describing geopolitics, climate change, general conspiracies, etc. The 2nd audio, designed to be relaxing originally, starts as an ambient wash with occasional sound bites involved. If the button is pressed again, it slowly becomes more cacophonous and pulls sounds from the original audio. Eventually, if pressed too many times, the audio becomes indistinguishable from the original. The piece ends after 7 minutes with the same voice as the beginning. “Thank you for listening, remember to be the change you want to be in the world.” As they remove the headphones, I will thank them for their time and give them a lollipop (optional on the lollipop if covid prevents). Between people, I will sanitize the equipment.

soundpedro 2021 participation: N/A

Proposed work as accepted for soundpedro 2021:
Music for When You Have 20 Minutes to Kill and There are Some Parks Nearby
There are 4 speakers that are each hidden in a wooden box. Printed on the top of each of the boxes is a text that instructs the audience to not pay attention to the sounds within. When the box is opened, the speaker begins playing sounds of a different park, each of a different quality: an industrial park, a school playground, a park near a highway, and a national park. In each of the environments. The opener of each box gets to decide which park they exist in aurally and thus which new world they experience (whether consciously or not). More importantly, if an opener decides to open multiple boxes, they create a harmony of environments. In short, the opener decides which park or parks to kill 20 minutes in. How actively and how they decide to spend that time is up to them.

Logistically, the four boxes are each at eye level on a wooden peg in a square configuration. If opened, the speakers are pointed towards the center thus allowing the opener to “pan” the boxes by how they orient themselves in the square. As with the parks, they are not all at an equal loudness but if all the boxes are open, they all can be heard from certain points in the square.

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