mark booth

Flags (55:00)
Flags is an audio composition in the form of a spoken list. The piece begins with the line "The flag of your love is shaped like a snail copulating with a creme filled pastry" and continues describing a series of flags, with periodic pauses, for fifty-five minutes.

2012. Installation recording. Endless loop. text and sound: Mark Booth.This composition plays behind a three panel reflective silver flag made from mirrored uv blocking film. There is a 25 second gap between each described image/line of text in the audio. Sometimes the gaps are filled with sound. At other times the gaps are completely silent. A light behind the flag is bright enough to reveal a small portion of the hidden space and electrical equipment hidden by the flag so the viewer is looking at a surface that is almost entirely reflective with the exception of a small area of transparency. For lack of a better description the visual effect resembles an optical exploded view.

GOD IS REPRESENTED BY THE SEA (13:56)
2011. Installation recording. Endless loop. text: Mark Booth, voice; sound: composition by MB from source recordings by Coppice (Noe Cuellar and Joseph Kramer). Exhibited in THE SEA IS REPRESENTED BY AN IRREGULAR SHAPE at Devening Projects and Editions, Chicago.

GIRBTS is an expanding text loop. After each loop additional lines are added so that what initially appears to be a brief static loop is in fact a changing loop with similar beginning and ending lines. There is silence as well as intermittent sound in the gaps between the lines of text. At this stage of the work there are 588 lines.

GOD IS REPRESENTED BY THE SEA is an ongoing audio project. This installation recording is not a definitive version of the piece but a current state of the project as of December 2011. Painted visualizations of the text can be found in the 2012 painting section on the website.

GIRBTS is an anadiplotic list in which "something" represents "something else" which in turn represents "something else."

GOD IS REPRESENTED BY THE SEA (10:26)
2012. Live performance excerpt with section featuring Becky Grejeda and Peter O'Leary. Live at Devening Projects and Editions, Chicago. Text:MB, Sound: Coppice and MB, voices: Becky Grejada, Sam Topol, Tim Kinsella, Peter O'Leary, Suzanne Scanlon, Devin King, Caroline Picard, Orla McHardy, Mark Jeffrey, Judd Morrissey, and Adrian Moens.

GOD IS REPRESENTED BY THE SEA (10:40)
2012. Live performance excerpt with section featuring Adrian Moens, Judd Morrissey, and Samantha Topol. Performance excerpt. (2012) Live at Devening Projects and Editions, Chicago. Text:MB, Sound: Coppice and MB, voices: Becky Grejada, Sam Topol, Tim Kinsella, Peter O'Leary, Suzanne Scanlon, Devin King, Caroline Picard, Orla McHardy, Mark Jeffrey, Judd Morrissey, and Adrian Moens.

GOD IS REPRESENTED BY THE SEA (58:00)
2012. Performance excerpt. (2012) Live at Devening Projects and Editions, Chicago. Text:MB, Sound: Coppice and MB, voices: Becky Grejada, Sam Topol, Tim Kinsella, Peter O'Leary, Suzanne Scanlon, Devin King, Caroline Picard, Orla McHardy, Mark Jeffrey, Judd Morrissey, and Adrian Moens. (Part 1 of 3)

GOD IS REPRESENTED BY THE SEA (58:00)
2012. Performance excerpt. (2012) Live at Devening Projects and Editions, Chicago. Text:mb, Sound: Coppice and mb, voices: Becky Grejada, Sam Topol, Tim Kinsella, Peter O'Leary, Suzanne Scanlon, Devin King, Caroline Picard, Orla McHardy, Mark Jeffrey, Judd Morrissey, and Adrian Moens. (Part 2 of 3)

GOD IS REPRESENTED BY THE SEA (58:00)
2012. Performance excerpt. (2012) Live at Devening Projects and Editions, Chicago. Text:mb, Sound: Coppice and mb, voices: Becky Grejada, Sam Topol, Tim Kinsella, Peter O'Leary, Suzanne Scanlon, Devin King, Caroline Picard, Orla McHardy, Mark Jeffrey, Judd Morrissey, and Adrian Moens. (Part 3 of 3)

SPANISH STILL LIFE (PART 5) (45:41)
(2008) Live performance. Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL. In conjunction with the exhibition Spanish Still Life by Mark Booth. Live recording from Hyde Park Art Center. Text: MB. Voice: MB, Karen Christoper, Daniel Borzutzky, CJ Mitchell, Laura Goldstein, Patrick Durgin, Kristin Hayter; Sound: MB (manipulated samples and appropriations), Ian Hatcher, Adrian Moens, Noe Cuellar, Peter Rosenbloom.

SPANISH STILL LIFE is a vocal based text work in which the objects in a seventeenth century spanish still life are treated as the beginning of a list which is then continued by an assortment of impossible and possible additions including a re-imagined calendar.

SPANISH STILL LIFE (PART 4) (57:55)
2002. Live performance at 1926 Gallery/Roger Brown House, Chicago. Dark Nights Series, Chicago, IL. Live recording from 1926/Roger Brown House, School of the Art Institute of Chicago. (2002) Text: MB. Voice: MB, Malin Lindelow, Daniel Borzutzky, Matthew Goulish, Lin Hixson, John Corbett, Teri Kapsalis, Sara Guernsey, Kathleen Odell. Sound: Teri Kapsalis - violin, John Corbett - guitar and objects, Charles King - electronics, MB - manipulated samples and appropriations.

SPANISH STILL LIFE is a voice based text work in which the objects in a seventeenth century spanish still life are treated as the beginning of a list which is then continued by an assortment of impossible and possible additions including a re-imagined calendar.

SPANISH STILL LIFE (PART 4) (01:00:22)
Live performance at Performing Arts Chicago, Athaneum, Chicago. 2003. Live recording from Performing Arts Chicago at the Chicago Atheneum. (2003) Text: mb. Voice: mb, Malin Lindelow, Daniel Borzutzky, Matthew Goulish, Lin Hixson, John Corbett, Teri Kapsalis, Sara Guernsey, Kathleen Odell. Mark Jeffrey. Sound: Charles King - electronics, MB (manipulated samples and appropriations), Collin Olan - laptop, Robb Drinkwater - electronics, Lori Talley (extended cello recordings), John Devylder - bass, Peter Rosenbloom - violin.

SPANISH STILL LIFE is a voice based text work in which the objects in a seventeenth century spanish still life are treated as the beginning of a list which is then continued by an assortment of impossible and possible additions including a re-imagined calendar.

SPANISH STILL LIFE (PART 3) (44:27)
2001. Live performance. Hothouse, Chicago. Part of the "Immeasurable Distance Series" curated by Philip von Zweck. Live recording from Hothouse, Chicago. (2001) Text: MB. Voice: MB, Sarah Guernsey, Malin Lindelow, Luba Halicki, Daniel Borzutzky, CJ Mitchell. Sound: MB - samples and collages, Peter Rosenbloom - violin, Charles King - turntable and electronics, John Devylder - bass.

SPANISH STILL LIFE is a voice based text work in which the objects in a seventeenth century spanish still life are treated as the beginning of a list which is then continued by an assortment of impossible and possible additions including a re-imagined calendar.

SPANISH STILL LIFE (PART 2) (37:19)
2000. Live performance from The Outer Ear Festival of Sound curated by the Experimental Sound Studio, 2000. Chicago. (2000). Text: Mark Booth. Voice: MB, Malin Lindelow, Daniel Borzutzky. Sound: MB - samples and collages, Peter Rosenbloom - violin, Charles King - electronics, and John Devylder - bass. I (I actually opened for Alvin Lucier)

SPANISH STILL LIFE is a voice based text work in which the objects in a seventeenth century spanish still life are treated as the beginning of a list which is then continued by an assortment of impossible and possible additions including a re-imagined calendar.

SPANISH STILL LIFE (PART 2) (02:21)
2001. Studio recording. Excerpt. Experimental Sound Studio. Text: MB. Sound: MB, Charles KIng, John Devylder, Peter Rosebloom. Voice: MB, Matthew Goulish, CJ Mitchell, Karen Christopher, and Lin Hixson.

SPANISH STILL LIFE is a voice based text work in which the objects in a seventeenth century spanish still life are treated as the beginning of a list which is then continued by an assortment of impossible and possible additions including a re-imagined calendar.

SPANISH STILL LIFE (PART 2) (5:49)
2001. Live performance (excerpt 1). Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL. Part of the exhibition CONTEXTUAL (Art and Text in Chicago), Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL. 2001. Text: MB. Sound: mb, Charles KIng, John Devylder, Peter Rosebloom. Voice: MB and Malin Lindelow.

SPANISH STILL LIFE is a voice based text work in which the objects in a seventeenth century spanish still life are treated as the beginning of a list which is then continued by an assortment of impossible and possible additions including a re-imagined calendar.

SPANISH STILL LIFE (PART 2) (02:28)
2001. Live performance (excerpt 3). Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL. Part of the exhibition CONTEXTUAL(Art and Text in Chicago), Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL. 2001

SPANISH STILL LIFE is a voice based text work in which the objects in a seventeenth century spanish still life are treated as the beginning of a list which is then continued by an assortment of impossible and possible additions including a re-imagined calendar.

SPANISH STILL LIFE (PART 2) (03:19)
2001. Live performance (excerpt 4). Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL. Part of the exhibition CONTEXTUAL(Art and Text in Chicago), Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL. 2001

SPANISH STILL LIFE is a voice based text work in which the objects in a seventeenth century spanish still life are treated as the beginning of a list which is then continued by an assortment of impossible and possible additions including a re-imagined calendar.

SPANISH STILL LIFE (PART 2) (04:31)
2001. Live performance (excerpt 5). Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL. Part of the exhibition CONTEXTUAL(Art and Text in Chicago), Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL. 2001

SPANISH STILL LIFE is a voice based text work in which the objects in a seventeenth century spanish still life are treated as the beginning of a list which is then continued by an assortment of impossible and possible additions including a re-imagined calendar.

SPANISH STILL LIFE (PART 2) (03:360
2001. Live performance (excerpt 6). Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL. Part of the exhibition CONTEXTUAL(Art and Text in Chicago), Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL. 2001

SPANISH STILL LIFE is a voice based text work in which the objects in a seventeenth century spanish still life are treated as the beginning of a list which is then continued by an assortment of impossible and possible additions including a re-imagined calendar.

SPANISH STILL LIFE (PART 1) (09:27)
1998. Live performance. Location unknown. Text: MB. Sound: MB - samples, Charles KIng - electronics

SPANISH STILL LIFE is a voice based text work in which the objects in a seventeenth century spanish still life are treated as the beginning of a list which is then continued by an assortment of impossible and possible additions including a re-imagined calendar.

QUIET: BEE TRANSMUTATION OF GLASS (13:16)
2010. Studio recording. Music from Quiet (A Disruptive Fog (Or A Hogshead Full Of Vapor Called Memory)) a collaborative performance by Karen Christopher, Mark Booth, and John Sisson. Epiphany, Chicago, IL. Sound: Mark Booth. The performance was partially funded by a grant from ESS and Links Hall Chicago pairing a sound artist with a movement artist. Music for the performance.

The primary compositional sample is of a particularly large Irish bee attempting to penetrate a window.

THIS IS THE SOUND OF THE MILKY WAY (36:26)
2008. Installation mix. Endless loop. A collection of field recordings in which I name (in situ) unrecordable and sometimes recordable elements of the environment. (2003 - ongoing)

An audio "list" of field recordings in which I name elements in situ in various environments some of which can or can not be recorded but can be named.

IN THE EVENT THAT THE STAG HORN FERN BECOMES METALLIC AND THAT EACH OF ITS BIFURCATING LEAVES RINGS LIKE A TUNING FORK, PLEASE TURN OFF THIS RECORDING (01:08:00)
2007. Installation recording. Two channel reduction of four channel audio installation. Florasonic is a sound installation series presented by Experimental Sound Studio, in collaboration with the Lincoln Park Conservatory Chicago Park District.

A knowingly insufficient attempt at emulating the song of the cicada with voice and guitar.

THANKING (08:21)
2004. Studio recording. (2004) voices: Erik Pold, Pernille Koch, and Simon Will. Composition and sound: MB from vocal improvisations by Pold, Koch, and Will. Created for the performance "Success" by Erik Pold. An audio work developed but not used in the performance "Success" that has had a life of it's own.

In THANKING three individuals describe what they are thankful for.

AS DAYLIGHT RETREATS THE VOICE OF THE SUN WILL SPEAK IN YOUR EAR (ALTERNATING TODAY AND TOMORROW) (08:25)
2006. Installation recording (2006). as daylight retreats the voice of the sun will speak in your ear (today & tomorrow) (stairwaymix), two-channel sound installation, NOVA Art Fair, curated by ESS Chicago, IL.

An audio work which lists circumstances in the present juxtaposed with what could potentially happen in the future. The present and the past are hard panned left and right. The work was originally exhibited in a stairwell with one loudspeaker placed on the ground floor and the other speaker placed on the top floor. The listener was then free to move between the present and the future. Specific parts of speech are accompanied by either a bell tone or an organ tone in the opposite loudspeaker.

A CICADA SINGING FROM THE BEAK OF A FLYING BLACK BIRD (UNUSUAL ACOUSTIC FADE OUT) (11:09)
2007. Studio recording. 2007. Sound: MB. Created for Molly Shanahan's dance performance "My name is a blackbird". The piece is named for a an unusual experience I had of hearing a cicada in mid song being carried off in the beak of a bird.

Textless sound art composition.

MY NAME IS A CONSTELLATION OF RUST COLORED BIRCH TREE SEEDS ON A SKY OF SNOW (14:58))
2007. Studio recording. 2007. Sound: MB. Created for Molly Shanahan's dance performance "My name is a blackbird". A responsive work created by responding to Shanahan's question "what is my name."

Textless sound art composition.

QUIET: ORGANY (05:36)
2010. Studio recording from Quiet (A Disruptive Fog (Or A Hogshead Full Of Vapor Called Memory)) a collaborative performance by Karen Christopher, John Sisson, and MB. Epiphany, Chicago, IL. SOUND: MB

Textless sound art composition.

SILVER FROND (11:00)
1999. Live performance from A Silver Frond, a Twinkling Plateau, and Elephant Headed Horse (text/audio works by MB), Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Philadelphia, PA. TEXT, VOICE, SAMPLES: MB, ELECTRONICS AND PROCESSING: Charles King.

An early language and sound work.

DEAD HORSES (15:23)
1999. Live performance from A Silver Frond, a Twinkling Plateau, and Elephant Headed Horse (text/audio works by MB), Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Philadelphia, PA. (2009). TEXT, VOICE, SAMPLES: MB, ELECTRONICS AND PROCESSING: Charles King.

An early language and sound work.

Attributes of dead horses in the afterlife.

BELL WRITTEN IN REVERSE (07:55)
1993. Studio recording.

An early language and sound work.

URINARY POEM (01:16)
2009. Live performance. A Silver Frond, a Twinkling Plateau, and Elephant Headed Horse (text/audio works by MB), Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Philadelphia, PA. 2009. TEXT, VOICE, SAMPLES: MB, ELECTRONICS AND PROCESSING: Charles King.

An early language and sound work.

WOODPECKER (13:36)
1998. Live performance. Live performance. A Silver Frond, a Twinkling Plateau, and Elephant Headed Horse (text/audio works by MB), Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Philadelphia, PA. TEXT, VOICE, SAMPLES: MB, ELECTRONICS AND PROCESSING: Charles King.

An early language and sound work.

SWARM OF BEES (03:24)
1994. Studio recording. voices: Nancy Broughton and Cecellie Telle with an unattributed vocal sample from a Russian language ornithological recording. Text and Sound: MB. An early text sound work.

An early language and sound work.

SWARM OF BEES (06:49)
1999. Live performance. Live performance. From A Silver Frond, a Twinkling Plateau, and Elephant Headed Horse (text/audio works by MB), Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Philadelphia, PA. TEXT, VOICE, SAMPLES: MB, ELECTRONICS AND PROCESSING: Charles King.

An early language and sound work.

OBSERVATIONS (02:22)
Live performance. A Silver Frond, a Twinkling Plateau, and Elephant Headed Horse (text/audio works by MB), Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Philadelphia, PA. 1999. TEXT, VOICE, SAMPLES: MB, ELECTRONICS AND PROCESSING: Charles King.

An early language and sound work.