Wave Farm Hour One: Jen Kutler, Sadie Woods (Audio)
Southern Comfort by Jen Kutler.
Southern Comfort is a radio sound piece by Jen Kutler featuring text and performance by Quintan Ana Wikswo. The title Southern Comfort surrounds the queer US/Mexico border experience in its complexity of solidarity and joy in the face of bigotry, violence, hate crimes and the AIDS crisis. Kutler and Wikswo's works invoke a rich, evolving and intergenerational legacy of obscured drag, ballroom, trans, mixed-race and gender queer fissures of deep southern and southwest American Culture through which the whiskey culture forms a through line of recreation and transgression. These rituals transcend the simple imbibing of alcohol.
The sounds are synthetic voices generated from physiological sensor devices worn on Kutler's body to document her response to the emotive narrative. These voices draw from granular synthesis, sine waves, cassette tape loops and stringed instruments.
Spirit Safe by Sadie Woods.
In this radio work, sound artist Sadie Woods takes inspiration from the Scott whiskey term spirit safe, an enclosed control center where the strength and temperature of the spirit is analyzed by distillers without having direct physical access to it. Spirit Safe builds on the experience and instincts involved in the spirit analyzing process exploring impulses, intuition, and receptivity in interpersonal relationships through mixing and blending ethereal sound and electronic music.