Microclimates for Paliku (Tsui Hark version), 2012
sound, 7m 0s, Dimensions Variable
This is an extended version of "Microclimates", originally composed in 2006. The piece is intended to create a kind of mobile-like sculptural structure in sound: a form both solid and dynamic, with hard edges in constant motion around a listener or a space. The Paliku of the title is a mountain pass on the island of Maui, where the artist was born and raised, where clouds pouring through a narrow gap keep the weather in constant and visible flux.
When invited to participate in the reScores project, Graydon thought immediately of Tsui Hark's martial arts masterworks, in which the hero Wong Fei-hung (played by Jet Li) transcends both gravity and his own physical dimensions, a graceful hurricane of motion swinging on invisible wires. These wires brought the mobile's support wires to mind, and the suspended, ever-shifting solids that the Microclimates piece was created to invoke. In this new version of the piece the spinning tones and textures assume aspects of the kung fu master suspended in mid-air. At the same time the work foregrounds the elemental, even celestial, character of Hark's heroes, not so much human as manifestations of nature. A storm or cloud in the shape of a man.