Phil Dadson

Title: ECHO-LOGO (Polar Projects)
A video by Phil Dadson
Performed under the ice face of Canada Glacier, Taylor Dry Valley, Antarctica, 00.30am Jan 24 2003 with assistance of Bu Windsor, Ian Whiteley, and the K024 Science team; Allan Green, Liam Nolan, Roman Turk, Leo Sancho, Burkhard Beudel, Hans Reichenberg.
Duration: 07:49
Format: digital video
Production date: 2003
Language: without words
Production country: New Zealand
Acknowledgements: Circuit Artist Film & Video NZ
Distribution: CIRCUIT NZ

A stand-alone work of 7mins duration (looped), features a sound-echo performance staged under the 30-metre high ice-face of the Canada glacier, located in the dry valley environment of the Taylor Valley, Antarctica.
The event was realised at 1am, with the assistance of an eight-member science team, based in the valley during summer.  The event consists of simple performer tasks – walking cycles, voice shouts and stone bangs, producing dynamic echo-effects off the glacial ice-wall.

Phil Dadson is a sound & inter-media artist, with a trans-disciplinary practice including solo performances and exhibitions; building experimental musical instruments & sonic objects, video/sound installation, music composition & graphic scores, sound sculptures and improvisations with invented instruments etc; Founder of New Zealand’s most original rhythm/performance group, From Scratch. Following membership of the foundation group for Scratch Orchestra (London 1969 with Cornelius Cardew, Michael Parsons & others), founded Scratch Orchestra (NZ), and later From Scratch (1974) – known internationally for its funky rhythms & inter-media performances on original instruments. Co-authored The From Scratch Rhythm Workbook with Don McGlashan, published by Heineman USA – a hands-on manual of rhythm exercises & invented instruments, derived via the from scratch experience; later, ‘Slap Tubes and Other Plosive Aerophones’, co-authored with Bart Hopkin, EMI, USA.