Barbara Ellison mit transhumanistischem Songzyklus

Unsounds bringt Mitte März einen neuen Songzyklus der Komponistin Barbara Ellison auf CD heraus. “CyberSongs” verwendet und thematisiert “transhumanistische” Stimmarbeit in Form von mittels Text to Speech-genererter Rezitation und setzt diese in einen fluktuierenden Soundkontext zwischen Jazz und experimenteller Elektronik, die v.a. durch repetitive Looptechniken immer mal einen verqueren Pop-Charakter annimmt.

“In the obsessively phantasmatic transhuman song cycle of the CyberSongs, words, morphemes, phonemes, phrases and speech particles acquire constantly-shifting new aural meanings. Unlimited by the speed of articulation these ‘beyond human’ voices, in a range of different languages, feature and embrace glitches and artifacts that are a result of a process of pushing the limits of the technology. These voices are finally set within an electronic sound environment, with references to real-world instruments, that can be described as having an off-kilter jazz or pop aesthetic.

Barbara Ellison is an Irish composer and intermedia artist based in the Netherlands. Her work explores states of auditory and visual ambiguity through working with materials that are either naturally ambiguous or that she has altered to attain this quality in order to exploit the potential for apophenia to manifest, and to create what she calls perceptual ‘Phantoms’. Ellison has developed working methods that encompass and coalesce all kinds of sources, materials, techniques and creative tools, from exploring and performing with amplified objects (Drawing Phantoms), creating voice avatars with trans-human capabilities (Vocal Phantoms), or carrying out field expeditions from diverse environments such as the Arctic, the Himalayas, or the Amazonian rainforest (Natural Phantoms).” (Unsounds)

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