Recording of a domestic dispute on rue St. Dominique, Montreal, Summer 2001. My downstairs Portuguese neighbours often fought, it seemed that their relationship was on a permanent state of breakdown, with episodic flares announcing and confirming it to the neighbourhood. As this particular fight got louder, I got my camera out in the kitchen, the best aural vantage point, the video focused on an aloe plant on the table, the microphone eavesdropping on the commotion downstairs. The visuals are stilled, peaceful, oblivious to the sound. The sound, passive intervenor, witnesses the failure in progress. This incident ended with the police taking him away.

All sounds based on the original recording, arranged in Brooklyn, March 2002.


Published on Syntax Error CD for Failure Issue (No.7) of Cabinet, Brooklyn, Summer 2002.