Gerald Newman

The Tate Gallery

Over the past four years Gerald Newman has been engaged with a cycle of audiotape works subsumed under the title “Times,” which, using material drawn exclusively from familiar broadcasting sources, reflect various aspects of contemporary reality. Newman builds the works from a narrow range of sound events—mainly fragments of news reportage and anthems—but through a complex structuring of rhythm and duration, and through subtle modulations of pitch, tone, and volume, he orchestrates them into multi layered “scores” charged with a dramatic and emotional intensity. The listener is positioned in a darkened room, into which the sounds advance and recede, bounce, echo, and reverberate between a pair of stereo speakers, inducing a cinematic narrative of associative mental images, epic in its evocations of space and range of moods.

Although the work refers to current affairs it presents not a

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