Brophy ( Philip Brophy )
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Philip Brophy
Atmosis 2013
sound installation
16 channels, 16 mins 24 secs Commissioned through the RMIT Art Fund, 2012
RMIT University Art Collection, Sonic Arts Collection

Atmosis (2013) is an adaptation of an existing project that Brophy began in 2009, while recording in Tokyo’s Kabukicho district at around midnight in summer, on the upper floor of a hotel. Despite its concentration, Tokyo is an amazingly quiet city, and the night air seems strangely capable of carrying sounds in a transformative way, with an uncanny clarity of pitch and timbre. The Atmosis project is centred on transcribing a passage of events from a city environment into parts for traditional musical instruments to perform. This piece was recorded in Melbourne, with sounds taken from the city rooftops being used to generate a related type of musical transcription pitch—a sonic investigation of ‘atmosphere’ and ‘osmosis’.

Philip Brophy works in film, video, music and sound design. He was a founding member of the experimental and multidisciplinary group Tsk Tsk Tsk, and performed widely with other musicians and visual artists at venues such as Melbourne’s Clifton Hill Community Music Centre and London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts. Since the late 1980s, Brophy has explored collaborative films, sound design, and writing. Recent exhibitions of his work have been held at the Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne; Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo; Performance Space, Sydney; National Museum of Art, Osaka; and the Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane. Brophy’s publications include the three volumes of Cinesonic – International Conference on Film Scores and Sound Design; 100 Modern Soundtracks and 100 Anime, both BFI, London. Apart from numerous chapters in critical anthologies, he writes occasionally for Frieze, London; The Wire, London; and Film Comment, New York. 
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