VEHICLES (Sound & Narrative)

Using the same form that the Mandrake Vehicles uses, I am going to craft a narrative in two parts: a visual/written narrative in words and characters and an aural narrative composed on the piano. The aural narrative will correspond to how the written narrative sounds and feels, and both of these things will decompose through a series of transitions.

When “form” falls away, “sense” falls away and the story is less conventionally pleasing yet mirrors our comfort level with the piece and tears down our formal structures for reading and listening.

As the words fall away/deteriorate from the written narrative, that story changes. Simultaneously, the corresponding “words” in the aural narrative (the notes) will fall away and that narrative will change. The sounds you hear will depict your comfort level/ability to make “sense” of what you’re reading.


My project overall is to show that the Mandrake Vehicles (and many of the texts we’ve read for this class) test our lungs underwater and demand we use our gills to navigate. I want to show that as the conventional form ingrained in our understanding disappears, we panic and feel discomfort, like trying to breathe underwater. I also want to show that a story can be felt and experienced through rhythm and velocity of words, not just “read” to compile a linear understanding. I’m hoping that the aural narrative will illuminate how a written narrative can be felt whether or not you can understand the linear timeline of the words strung together.




~ by kristinvermilya on February 25, 2013.

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