Category: Ronaldo Wilson’s Off the Dome

Ronaldo V. Wilson’s Off The Dome

Over the past several months, The Conversant has published a series of sound triptychs by Ronaldo V. Wilson. These impromptu audio recordings or Solo-Dialogues were all recorded on an iPhone and vocalize questions related to race, representation, selfhood and place. This month, we’re pleased to present all three triptychs in Wilson’s album, Off the Dome: Rants, Raps & Meditations, with liner notes by Frances Richard.

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Ronaldo Wilson’s Natural Battles

Ronaldo Wilson

The following triptych, “Natural Battles,” provides the third of three monthly selections from a larger project, Off the Dome: Rants, Raps, and Meditations, for which I have been making live sound recordings as Solo-Dialogues since May 2010, entering into a streaming, internal conversation that vocalizes questions around race, representation, selfhood and place. Using my iPhone, I perform and document impromptu audio recordings in a variety of dynamic environments. The three separate monthly installments will get grouped by landscape, occasion, and experience. The selections from “Natural Battles” were recorded in three places, Seabright Beach in Santa Cruz, CA, the Berkshires in Stephentown, NY, and a desert suburb in Tucson, AZ, each capturing the interplay of voice and sound, activated in these distinct landscapes, while jogging, walking, and practicing yoga. —Ronaldo Wilson

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Ronaldo Wilson’s Inside

Ronaldo Wilson

The following triptych, “Inside,” provides the second of three monthly selections from a larger project, Off the Dome: Rants, Raps, and Meditations, for which I have been making live sound recordings as Solo-Dialogues since May 2010, entering into a streaming, internal conversation that vocalizes questions around, race, representation, selfhood and place. Using my iPhone, I perform and document impromptu audio recordings in a variety of dynamic environments. The three separate monthly installments will get grouped by landscape, occasion, and experience. These “Inside” pieces were recorded in three places: sitting in a restaurant in Los Gatos, CA, driving in my car in Northern California, and running in a park in Long Island, NY—exploring my immediate surroundings and the fluid realm of memory within these spaces.  —Ronaldo Wilson

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