Song No 3 is a performance during which I use arm gestures normally used by singers as a byproduct of their singing performance as a means to control electronic sound. A large piece of white paper is glued on to the loudspeaker to obscure my face. The audience’s attention is thus diverted from the mouth, which signals the presence of sound visually, to a focus on the gestures of the arms and head. The distance between the microphone and loudspeaker can be manipulated to produce different sound shaping processes. These movements normally used during singing can be seen as symbolic gestures: they have a specific meaning which points to an activity or something outside of the movements themselves. It is for this reason that I started to work with them, since they have a strong auditive connotation; we can almost hear a singer singing when we see the movements of a singer’s arm. To use these gesture to control sound is to make an intervention in their normal meaning by affixing a different sound not previously associated with that gesture. The different relationships between sound and gesture can be composed and the relationships, which are established during the piece, can be questioned during the same performance by establishing another gesture-sound relationship. Due to these constant changes, shifting from one to another identity, a fixed personality on stage can never exist.

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