Circumnavigating the sea of shit

Paul Steenhuisen

Programme notes

Circumnavigating the sea of shit

To Seamus

Circumnavigating American painter Julian Schnabel via the given timbres, a caustic Theme (15 seconds) and Variations (30 seconds, 1 minute, 1 minute 30 (overlapping)). The latest in the series Attractive Test Music, sounding / recontextualizing iconography of visual artists in the opposite manner of projective test drawings used in psychological diagnoses. The set also includes “Poland is not yet lost” (Kiefer), “I like America and America likes me” (Beuys), and “If a picture paints a thousand words then why can’t I paint you?” (Klein).


This work was produced with the assistance of the Media Arts Section of the Canada Council for the Arts (CCA).

  • Instrumentation: stereo fixed medium
  • Composer(s): Paul Steenhuisen
  • Year of composition: 1996
  • Commission: empreintes DIGITALes
  • ISWC: T0702859491
  • Publisher(s): Ymx média
  • ISRC: CAD509812990

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