NO SWEAT IS ZOË SOLOMON (FRESH FLESH) + JULIE REICH (BILE SISTER, DOHN VALLEY)
Together they create minimal lo-fi audio/.visual works (songs and videos) using analogue and digital recording technology combined.
Voice Over Troubled Water is largely inspired by the city of Toronto, bodies of water, valleys, suicide, and the bridges that connect natural and human-made landscapes.
The concept trails into thoughts about how humans can use these landscapes for their own self destruction: the ultimate escape, suicide. The Luminous Veil, the name of the human-made suicide barrier at the Prince Edward Viaduct (AKA the Blood Viaduct, a historic location in downtown Toronto) precents and protects people from their desire to self destruct. And yet it has an ominous presence that deadens the spirit. The video incorporates an element of P.S.A.. and includes the 24-hour telephone helpline number near the beginning of the video.
Found footage includes videos of Toronto's Don Valley, The Prince Edward Viaduct and the Luminous Veil, the subway lines that run below the viaduct connecting Castle Frank and Broadview Stations.
The Bonus Video explores concepts that resonated including dubbing soundtracks to instructional videos (new found sounds), feedback loops and audio/visual recording experimentation.
Released by HAVNrecords, Hamilton, ON, 2017.
Thank you Aaron Hutchinson
released June 19, 2017
"Voice Over Troubled Water"
Lyrics: Julie Reich and Zoë Solomon
Music: Julie Reich
Vocals: System Voice Karen
Text, audio, and found video footage edited by Zoë Solomon
Audio and visuals simultaneously recorded from camcorder to 4-track to VHS and back again
by Julie Reich and Zoë Solomon
at Pink Palace Studios, Parkdale
Concept for VHS Cover Art:
Julie Reich and Zoë Solomon
VHS cover art: JulieReich