THE STAGE: WORKING TITLE voice-work in progress and performance, The Arnolfini, Bristol, Tuesday 14th & 6-8pm Friday 17th March 2017
The Stage: Working Title is an ambitious live project which took place in a specially installed construction created by UWE Bristol Architecture MA students.
I brought my vocal field-recording based project, Site Singing , to The Stage for its live debut with two fellow singers, Leila Gamaz and Chloé Turpin. This ‘open rehearsal’ was the testing ground of a new work in progress, where we will took vocal and acoustic elements and approaches I have developed through my solo field trips to lesser-known heritage sites in the South West, and worked directly with the space to create the beginnings of a new experimental live work.
Visitors were invited to share the space and listen in, and to discuss the work while being able to view and physically handle maps, photographs and drawings created over the course of the project so far. We presented a first rush, or scratch-style performance, of the resulting material for our second Friday session.
In this process, we explored many approaches spanning: spatial sound, atmospheric immersive voices, sonic layering, unexpected harmonies, microtones and harmonics, combinations of live and recorded voices, amplified treatments and effects, distance and proximity, interesting vocal dissonances and textures, rawness, improvisation and exploration.
Read the Arnolfini blog article here arnolfini.org.uk/blog/site-singing