On the other hand, he felt
a strong attachment to the
musical tradition from his formative years in Victoria that included the
expression of emotion, psychological engagement with form and expression - a
human physicality and tangibility that really
seemed lacking in the "new music" language.
After a year of weighing
the choices, Dawson decided to pursue new technologies and experimentation as a
way of recapturing that sense of the human within a contemporary context. Part
of this journey led to multimedia and theatrical performance. As luck would have
it, the dynamic Montreal arts scene at this time offered an ideal setting for
collaboration and exchange between artists. The next six years produced a series
of unique works - each exploring new crossovers between media.
THE CLOUDS OF
for Computer-controlled slides and Quadraphonic
In collaboration with visual artist Suzy Lake.
for 4 Dancers, Amplified Piano and Percussion.
Graphic sound score with dance notation of
contact improvisation techniques.
EXPLORING THE OBJECT
for Amplified French Horn, Microphone System, and
READINGS FROM THE EDGE OF THE TROPOSPHERE
Performance art piece for Reader with Amplified
Body System and Mixer.
Performance art piece for Double Bass with Male
Player and Female Dancer.
Gallery installation piece with pressure vessel,
carbon dioxide cylinder,
temperature sensing system and computer monitor