Jeweller to the Guild of Sonic
- disk jockeys, samplers, turntabulists
- Patron Saint
- John Cage
sonic selectors have existed since the early part of the 20th century.
it is a guild for the modern music maker, with the its core being
the product of individual selection. the nomadic process. choice
of independent media. freedom from interference, censorship and
the interpretation of others. sonic license. pioneers: the composer
percy grainger with this 'free music' concepts and contraptions
from the 1920s; leon theremin's electronic sound machine of 1927.
to name a few. the patron saint of our guild, john cage, coined
the term 'indeterminism' (the form of random music). his prophetic
quote (circa 1940): 'one day music will be made by dancers for dancers'.
around the 1960s west indian jamaican djs were called 'selectors'.
'toasters' were the fathers of rap. thru to the industrial music
of the 70s and 80s (throbbing gristle and whitehouse spk). they
spawned the 'noisicians' of japan into the 1990s.
the selectors of the early 21st century are the tactile sonic nomads
- scratching, sampling, switching with delay and by the grace of
'maker's manor' a greater access to their public. with the digital
medium, bestowing exponential growth upon modern music's selecting
expanded noise hand ring with
valve amplifier; bakelite and silver, 2001 (photograph Chris von
of rings for right hand of Sonic Selector, featuring moveable parts
Marcos Davidson is a Gold and Bakersmith. He has always had a strong
interest in music and performance, in choir, drums, alterbox, radio, and
the three dimensions, and so in 1975 began an apprenticeship in goldsmithing
in Melb CBD concurrently attending Collingwood Tech and RMIT Gold &
Silversmithing and in 1979 started his first workshop/studio (Block Arcade
Hub) also producing/presenting radio programs 3RRR, 3PBS, 3CR, ABC
playing in bands and staying up late. Bakelite (the first form of plastic)
has been a central material used in Marcos work since 76 or
so with the same attention as platinum and gems. Marcos lives in Melbourne.