BROKEN SOUND (​(​(​Stereo​)​)​)


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This work is a stereo edition folded down from an 8-channel immersion composition that accompanies the AV installation Broken Sound by Canadian Visual-Sound artist Gary James Joynes.

Info on the original installation can be found here:

Broken Sound comes from a forensic examination of the speakers silenced by Joynes’ exploration of cymatic sound forms. Using hand built mechanisms and specialized macro photography techniques he has documented the marks and scars of the coiled copper wire and magnetic traumas that have silenced his experiments. Starting as pristine and golden in colour the linear order of wires slowly gives way to charring and chaos as flaws and sonic experience build up. Some of these speakers lived for months and others were silenced within minutes of life. All are memorialized in this emotional film installation and photographic series.

This immersive environment of voice and synthesizer accompanying immense projected HD video is composed with a Buddhist parable in mind:

An acolyte, seeking enlightenment, encounters a stone disc of almost infinite radius spinning silently on its horizontal access, as if falling from the sky. He devotes his life to the continual observation of this wheel, perfect in it’s smoothness and continuity. Foregoing all earthly experiences he hopes to bear witness to the single horizontal imperfection in the wheel. In silence and stillness he waits for a flaw to bring him to a greater state of enlightenment.

Special Thanks for supporting the creation of this work to:

dc3 Art Projects
Canada Council for the Arts
Alberta Foundation for the Arts
Edmonton Arts Council


released March 6, 2016

Gary James Joynes
Modular Synthesizer + Vocals

Gallery photo of Broken Sound Studies No.1 and No.2
by Gary James Joynes
Editions 1 of 3
C-prints mounted to aluminum
Projection mapped lighting

Photo by aAron Munson



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Gary James Joynes / Clinker Edmonton, Alberta

Gary James Joynes is a Canadian sound and visual artist who performs at international music events around the world as Clinker. He blends the beauty and physicality of sounds auditory and visual elements live in performance and in rigorous and emotional photo and video installation works. ... more

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