Automatic Writing Circle are from diverse musical backgrounds, amongst them, historically informed performance, noise musics, electroacoustic composition, experimental and popular music. They meet to explore the nature of these traditions, the currents that flow between them, and to experience the loss and rediscovery of sonic identity aided by the mediation of the Ouija instrument. As the manual on Automatic Writing suggests.
“When any form of control is consciously given, it is important to be properly protected. This is done by visualizing a white light (circle) then mentally stepping inside and asking for protection prior to beginning automatic writing.”
Whilst not all the instrumentalists are surrounded by white light, those most at risk, the players of the Ouija board, are placed definitively in its circle. Indeed, it is the white light itself that creates the shadows of their hands, and it is the shadows (with the intervention of omniscient media technology) which summon up the shaded sonic relationships that may be present, arriving from beyond the circle of light.
Read more on the Automatic Writing Circle website: www.automaticwritingcircle.org.uk