witchtrialversion1-3 are a series of site-specific sound-performances working with the archival records of the witch hunts in early modern Scotland. The project interprets the witch hunts not only as a tool that was used to restructure communities during the transition from feudalism to capitalism, but further the witch burnings themselves as a mass human sacrifice event unleashing the spirits of the press and industry. Leading to the development of AI technologies.
The availability of the printing press in the late 1400s coincided with the beginning of the witch trials in Europe. Creating feedback loops between the distribution of witch-identification propaganda and descriptive accusations of witchcraft. The witch trials are arguably the first example of the interplay between mass hysteria and mass media.
The works use a combination of traditional Scottish instrumentation (bagpipe, drone, percussion) and electromagnetic frequencies from industrial machinery.