David Dunn2005

A relentless explorer, composer, performer and theorist, David Dunn uses electro-acoustic resources, voice, non-human living systems, as well as traditional instruments. Creating textsound compositions, environmental installations, works for radio and video, he has also written and published extensively. As a logical evolution in musical practice, he has investigated, among other things, the interrelationship between music and language and the ultrasonic world beyond human hearing. An expert wildlife recordist, Dunn has invented microphones to record such phenomena as the sounds of bark beetles within trees and underwater invertebrates in freshwater ponds. Underlying all his work is a common regard for music as a communicative source with a living world.
"I wish to argue for the necessity of an art form that sometimes turns outward instead of reifying our obsession with human selfconsciousness. It is an art that desires to foreground the non-human world. This requires a merger of art and science that places the human back into a measured position within the biotic world and encourages both to contribute to real world problem solving. A number of questions are consistent throughout my work: What does music contribute to our understanding of the question of mind? How is it structured and where is its locus? What is accomplished by strengthening our aural sense within a visually dominant culture? What is gained or lost by a shift towards an aural perception of the world? How can art participate in the discovery of solutions that can accelerate or extend those of science?"