By Olle Cornéer and Martin Lübcke.
New Flesh Network (2011) performed by Uppsala Kammarkör.
Long live The New Flesh!
New Flesh Network is a musical performance for choir - controlled by The Musical Turk.
Every person in the choir wears a pair of ear muffs cancelling out all sounds, making them hear only the instructions that they individually receive in their in-ear headphones. The music is improvised and reflects the network it is a part of. Every person executes a simple task, but the result is complex and organic.
Man and machine working together as an effective organism. And just like other contemporary networks - be it terror networks or Amazon’s Mechanical Turk - New Flesh Network makes it possible to create results that couldn’t be created without its nodes and connections.
In this case: music.
With New Flesh Network a traditional choir can perform phasing arpeggios, micro tuned clusters and advanced machine-like rhythm patterns. All in real-time and completely improvised by the artists that are in control.
Read more at: http://www.corneerlubcke.com
Download/listen to the complete performance (15 min): http://www.corneerlubcke.com/NFN/NFN_UKK.mp3
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Thanks to Mathias Wolkert and Richard Öhrvall for helping us document the performance.