Sound Installations

Jonathan Nelson
That's The News (And I Am Out Of Here)
Found Sound Collage (3:47)
2007


I had fallen asleep watching Saturday Night Live. The year was 1991. I was around sixteen years old and had come to identify with that year's cast for some reason. It was not the first time I'd dreamt about the show.

In my dream, the program is nearing that moment when the weekly spoof of the TV News would go on. I'm out on the sidewalk with the segment's anchor. The actor looks abruptly at his watch and then rushes inside. I watch as he stops inside the darkened lobby, outside an open elevator door, the light from inside the car shining down into his panicked eyes. He's expected on the set in a matter of moments, and the elevator is out.

Running for the stairwell, he disappears behind a heavy door, and as he dashes up the first flight of stairs, I'm suddenly inside his head, as he races endlessly for the eighth floor.

This sound composition attempts to recreate just that portion of the dream. As with the bulk of my work, what drew me to the creation of this piece was the delight I experienced when first recalling the absurdity of that memory. While most teenagers were dreaming about cars and girls, my subconscious would occasionally make room for the completely ridiculous, and now as an adult, I'm very much aware of what joy the apparently meaningless can bring, when presented in just the right light.


That's The News (And I Am Out Of Here) debuted at The Rochester Art Center in 2007.


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