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  • Writer's pictureClaire Cical

Repetition and alteration as a way of accessing creative bifurcation

Updated: Dec 6, 2022

Our perception of time lies in our ability to recollect memories. Because we remember what just happened, or what happened a long time ago, we acknowledge the displacement of our perception along the arrow of time.

The more I tell myself a story from my past, the more important it becomes into my personal narrative.

Everytime I tell myself a story from my past, I modify my perception of it.

The more I tell myself a story the further I stray away from its original meaning.

It is easier to change the past than to change the future.

I know what happened in the past, or at least what I perceived of it. I can choose to alter my perception of the event to give them a new meaning, or even discount that recollection at once. As far as the future is concerned, I cannot act on it to transform it, since I have no knowledge of the form it will take. I can only act on the forms I know.

I use feedback loops to produce sound and images from a form, through repetition and superimposition to the point of rupture I can create entropy and allow the emergence of new forms.

I make heavy use of drone tones in my music production. We hear the drone as a continuous sound without any rhythmic element to it even though like any other sound it has a frequency and a rate. The superposition of multiple drones creates psychoacoustic effects and melody and rhythms emerge from the phasing and dephasing of the sound waves. Sound moiré allows us to perceive shapes from intersections.

I use the same process to produce videos. The video feedback, by superposition of an image on itself with a time/space delay, reveals the inner structure of the physical phenomena behind the production of the image.

Repetition is alteration

Repetition in itself is alteration. Irreversible time tells us about the uniqueness of events. Even though a repetition resembles the previous event it is in itself different.

The loop creates a continuum that allows relationships to appear between the initial form and its degraded iterations.

In order to access bifurcation, we need to reach the point of chaos by multiplication of the iterations as much as possible.


Before is :

  • fear

  • homogeneity

  • order

  • identity

  • competitivity

  • cold

  • slow

  • dots

  • recordings

  • negentropy

After is :

  • hope

  • heterogeneity

  • chaos

  • alterity

  • empathy

  • hot

  • fast

  • patterns

  • signs

  • entropy

Now acts as a delay, it is a buffer zone. Now allready happened and is still to come. Now is where we set the parameters, filter out perception.

The output from after comes back in the input of before in a feedback loop. Conscience is the little space of that feedback loop, in the buffer zone between perception and recollection.

Now has become tighter and tighter until none of the patterns are recognizable anymore, at least for our hearing. Other creatures might perceive the constant defeaning buzz of the now. If we train our perception, maybe we too can perceive some of the motifs in the drone.

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