Voice Breaker (for Prisms Festival, 2016)
Voice Breaker- for multiple voice and voltage-controlled feedback - looks at alternative ways of programming code using the voice and exploring the contrasting sound materials of vocal utterance and electronic noise. In a large-group performance, the voice adopts multiple roles: as raw data for coding; as a modulator for analogue feedback; and as a sound source in its own right. Singing, humming and screaming become manifest as sequences of feedback, noise-bursts and oscillations. The work looks at the tension that exists between loop and line, gesture and automation, as well as taking an object-orientated approach to composition: how through exploring an object/circuit the music/composition is revealed. As Dirty Electronics, the performance begins on the ‘workbench’ as an extended event with musicians building their own Voice Breaker. The piece is a unique result of this participatory experience: part-devised, part-found, and part-scored.
Citation : Richards, J. (2016) “Voice Breaker (for Prisms Festival, 2016)” [music performance/composition].
Research Group : Music, Technology and Innovation Research Centre
Research Institute : Music, Technology and Innovation - Institute for Sonic Creativity (MTI2)
- Leicester Media School