Stephanie Pan: voice
Stelios Manousakis: composition, live electronics
(PLEASE NOTE: A lot of the audio content in this recording is inaudible through laptop or equivalent small speakers. Listening through good quality speakers or headphones is highly recommended.)
‘What is the current that makes machinery’ is a cycle of short pieces for female voice and surround live electronics, written for vocalist Stephanie Pan and her unique capabilities in extended vocal techniques.

The pieces are based on texts from the first section of Gertrude Stein’s ‘Tender Buttons: objects; food; rooms’, a collection of short prose-poems written in 1912. In these modernist texts, often characterized as ‘verbal cubism’ or ‘language art’, Stein composes with language not for the world it represents, but with its first matter - signs, sounds, rhythm, syntax and semantic fragments - treating it as a rediscovered aesthetic object that alludes to new worlds on the listener’s mind. 

The piece uses the voice and specifically crafted electronic processes (in SuperCollider) to reveal and amplify the complex multi-dimensional beauty of the texts and their inherent sonic, structural, and poetic musicality in a live setting.

The video contains excerpts from the following movements:
- Introduction (a substance in a cushion)
- Dirt and not copper
- Seltzer Bottle
- Suppose an eyes
Recorded during the piece's premiere at Dag in de Branding new music festival, Nutshuis, 9 March 2013

Stelios Manousakis © 2013


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