Created & performed by Julie Johnson on amplified flute, bass flute, and looping & effects pedals
Video editing by Tamara Ober: https://www.tamaraober.com/
At the end of her 2020 dance piece Touch Code, choreographer Jennifer Glaws (https://jenniferglaws.org/jagged-moves) explores the strength and confidence required for physical and psychological confrontations. During an attack--and after it--victims of abuse and harassment inevitably face both. In “It’s Your Fault,” a section of the original score I wrote for Glaws’s piece, I wanted to create a sound that spoke back to the myriad subtle and not-so-subtle ways in which victims are blamed for provoking the violence that is done against them. At times I try for a sound like an electric guitar; at others, I mimic cymbals and other percussion instruments. The bass flute, that audience favorite, also makes an aggressive appearance. Using my looping pedal in a new way—by layering bits of long musical lines, then slowly putting them together like a big puzzle—as well as delay and distortion, I focus on the flute’s gritty sounds rather than its pretty ones.
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Photo by Isabel Fajardo
Julie Johnson is a fiscal year 2021 recipient of a Creative Support for Individuals grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature; and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.