Sitting With Myself
Sitting With Myself explores stillness, reflection, and fatigue, using audio clips and software instruments. The audio clips collected have been recorded in the places of my home I’ve most sat, processing these last two years of the pandemic while experiencing illness and uncovering community, personal and familial trauma around residential schools. The perception of sounds from the apartment shift, as the recorded audio moves from the balcony to the couch, television, shower, and kitchen table as if the listener themself were moving through the apartment, sitting at each space.
Unraveling the inner space of home, Sitting With Myself is a collection of sounds depicting collective change through the pandemic, the fatigue of existing within settler colonialism, and the space between four walls to reflect and grieve.
The background of this page is a brightly coloured kookem scarf. The scarf has a purple background and red, blue and yellow flowers. In the centre of the screen is a grey box with scrolling poetry on one side and a stop motion animation on the right. The stop motion animation shows an outlined figure resting on a couch. A mug beside them on a low table steams. The geometric figures on the wall art morph to look like birds and drift off the screen to the right. The image loops. The poetry reads: What part of me is home? Grief. Stillness. Paper cut out pieces. Suspended in air. Standing on a balcony. Sitting in the shower. Staring at the television. Turning like my ancestors bodies. Chiming as they dance. Shake loose. Slowly stands. Frozen. With breath.
Sounds of rain and a tonal instrument give way to heavily distorted sounds invoking a sense of tv or radio sounds interspersed with the continuing tonal instrument. As the music becomes more rhythmic the distortion fades, bringing forward a tinkling sound and drum beat. The water sounds enter again, more clearly this time as the drum beat fades out. As the water sounds fade, a white noise gets layered into the sound, evoking the sense of traffic passing by. Traffic sounds and the tinkling sound returns, slightly distorted. The piece moves to heavier distortion, while the tone continues lyrically, and fades to silence.
Step into the lush sounds of Edzi’u, 2S Tahltan and inland Tlingit sound, performance and media artist. They received a Degree in Music Composition at Vancouver Community College in 2019. Edzi'us debut album, Kime Ani, was nominated for best electronic music album at the Indigenous Music Awards 2019. Their art practice centres on weaving electronic soundscapes with audio manipulation, while drawing on classical songwriting elements. Their music and sound installations have been featured on CBC Radio Reclaimed, Talking Stick festival, shown in Tkaronto’s film festival imagineNATIVE 2018 as well as 2019, while debuting internationally in 2019 at the Document Film Festival in Glasgow, Scotland.