Photos by Vonnell Law
Expand // Dissolve // Dissipate // Re-Form
Colin Roy Gillespie is a Toronto-based sound artist and producer. Born in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Colin began utilizing analog equipment and other pre-digital mediums, such as reel to reel recorders, 1⁄4” tape loops and manipulated field recordings, to create a vibrating union of organic and synthesized textures.
After self-releasing his solo debut, 2016’s intimate and deeply-textured All Known, Colin delves further into his non-verbal tendencies, upon which he has crafted a new makeshift-ambient effort, Séance Works. A fascination with the fragility of the recorded sound; a study in genesis, sustain and decay in modern technology, his environment-as-instrument ethos demonstrates a surrealistic collapse of space, forming the pulse upon which melody expires like vapour.
Currently, Colin has formed the live audio/visual project Séance Commissions to properly exhibit the soundscapes found on Séance Works. Projected through artist Rachelle Walker’s kaleidoscopic video collages, Séance Commissions exhibits a feedback-loop of perceptive imagery in an actively-ephemeral experience. Together, the unified and wordless discourse establishes a fabrication of intrinsic memory, in which the viewer may build or dismantle their own interpretation of past identity.