amplified unadulterated voice
amplified unadulterated voice
She works to join these three elements of the voice, cello and the "fourses" (an analog synthesizer built by Peter Blasser), into a singular ecstatic language.
With primary focus on the interplay between the uttered sounds of the mouth and vocal chords, Minton and Chen plumb the depths of their most inherent and bodily instruments. Their improvisations are fearless, fragile, hungry, passionate, riotous, ululating and animalistic, yet are also in all respects, human. They express, pronounce and intensely articulate (in their fashion) the many nuanced shades of their individual and collaborative conditions.
".......For those two voices interpenetrate to produce a more complex song. It’s a single voice branching out. Here, what the voice produces is actually what singing has not explored, what has been left behind as something impure or non-complying. Something similar can be brightly heard in Scelsi’s vocal pieces. There is also a similarity with the complex vocal works (the logatomes) Léo Kupper extensively produced in the mid-‘60s.
At times, the music seems to lead us to a meaning that is deeper than the textual level. Or is it the depth of another possible song? That’s when the music takes us to areas that seem closer to the sacred, left untouched by mediation, even slightly incomprehensible, though mostly ambivalent and reality-piercing.
Both voices in interaction, perpetually urging the other on, producing more than their simple addition, producing a third voice – like a semi-autonomous organism – very difficult to explain how – why – as if what had been mostly deeply burrowed was surfacing. An UR-song, like Schwitters’ UR-sonate. Something basal – though from an uncharted base. Music that should be listened to before one even perceives the slightest melody. An infra-song that encompasses everything including the comical, the grotesque, the exacerbation of a mood, and the extreme pain that obscurely lives inside all of us. Everything comes up effortlessly....." ---- Guy -Marc Hinant (Subrosa Editions)
Chen and Minton have been performing as a duo for more than a decade with concerts/tours in Europe, the US, China, Argentina and Brazil. Their duo album, By the Stream, was released by SUBROSA in 2013.
... as with many seemingly incongruous pairings, what defines the subtle union of this duo are the deeper synergies that are simmering beneath the surface.
BEAM SPLITTER are: Henrik Munkeby Nørstebø (NO) and Audrey Chen (US). Using the trombone and voice, they maneuver a balance between fragility, intimacy, the ecstatic and measured control. They share a common sense of pulse and an inherent understanding of the way they each aurally manage and let go of every consecutive moment. The lungs release through to mouths to bell, back and forth like a tactile breathing exchange.
Since beginning their collaboration in 2015, Nørstebø and Chen have been extensively touring the globe, in Europe, New Zealand, Argentina, Brazil, and the USA. They have taken part in larger commissioned works at the Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires and largely conceptualized a theatrical adaptation of MEDEA in front of the Olympic Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine (for butoh dancers and musicians) produced by the Ukho Agency. They have shared their collaborative projects with artists such as Phil Minton, Bob Ostertag, Michael Vorfeld, Thomas Rohrer, Valentin Tszin, Flavia Ghisalberti and Leonel Kaplan. Beam Splitter will release their debut album in 2017.
"Beam Splitter is highly improvised, extremely crafted and held in an iron will for experimentation."
- Jean Louis Fernandez, La Nacion, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2016.
Berlin based AFTERBURNER is the new collaborative project of vocalist Audrey Chen and electronic artist Doron Sadja. Unique in a crowded field of voice and electronics duos, the pair weaves together Chen’s idiosyncratic vocal growls and chirps with Sadja’s dense synthetic atmospheres into a singular monolithic texture. Intimate, dark, chaotic and ritualistic, AFTERBURNER have created a fascinating vision of romantic noise music that is all their own.
“Hiss and Viscera” is Sound Anatomy’s fourth album release and presents a striking debut recording from two highly distinctive voices in the richly varied Berlin improvising scene. On the face of it the human voice and analogue synthesizer may appear to have little in common but Audrey Chen and Richard Scott share an intuitive, corporeal and dynamic sound world out of which an intense and sustained musical conversation develops. Phrases and interjections bounce and ricochet between Chen’s vivid lexicon of glottal pops, rasps and expulsions and Scott’s exhaustive catalogue of electronic clangs, plosives and propulsions. The resultant musical conversation may not always seem entirely human in origin, conjuring sonic images of stories, languages and environments populated by many unearthly creatures, real or imagined.
Audrey Chen and Joke Lanz combine an extreme agility of her very human voice intertwined with the quick wit and nimble physicality of his turntable manipulations. They are able to create sharp and fragile atmospheres, packed with intensity, the depth of ritual and abstract sound-miniatures.
Fleisenberg is a player of objects. Drums only fall peripherally into his spectrum, while he is mostly fascinated in coaxing out the inherent material characters of"mundane things". These wide manipulations of external implements draw an aural architecture around Chen's internally driven sonic language. Her own deeply personal yet unconventional uses of the voice and cello, in combination with Fleisenberg's material conjuring, creates a wordless discourse inside of a constantly breathing tactile space.
Friction and touch amplified by the body to mouth, strings to wood and the needle to speakers.
March 10, 2012
The Watermill Center
39 Watermill Towd Road
Water Mill, New York
In 2009, the Métamatic Research Initiative decided to host an open call for entries, in its quest to promote artistic research to the legacy of the artist Jean Tinguely. The result was an overwhelming response of 297 valid entries of which an internationally renowned jury selected eight artists. Berlin based Artist John Bock was amongst the eight selected artists with his proposal for a concert for voice, cello, land machine and objects, which he further developed during the course of 2011.
Jury report by Roland Wetzel, director of the Museum Tinguely, Basel: ‘John Bocks proposal addresses central issues of Tinguelys métamatics. It opens up a complex scenario through the setting of machine and man interaction with weird mechanisms of transmission to produce a surreal scenario of pathetic and intimate gestures in the “concert” he intends to produce. Sculptural power, multiple kinetical issues, references to art history (as for example an intimate theatre of “la mariée mise a nue…”) and acoustical paraphrases will result in a showdown of exuberant beauty and disturbia (we hope…). The strength of Bocks approach to Méta-Matic lies as well in its literal understanding and in its creative, perpetual and spectacular transformation.’
Cellist: Audrey Chen
Dancer: Colin Stilwell
Foley Artist: Leslie Bloome
About John Bock
John Bock’s work has been included in several collections such as MoMA, New York, MoCA, Los Angeles, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, TATE, London and Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt. Recent solo presentations include exhibitions at Kunstpalais Erlangen, Germany; Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin, Germany (both 2011); Centro de Arte Contempraneo de Malaga, Malaga, Spain, and Barbican Art Gallery, London, UK (both 2010). Recent group shows include Surreal versus Surrealism in Contemporary Art, Institut Valencia d’Art Modern Valencia, Spain (2011); The Art Magazine Becomes Art, Louise Bain Foundation, London (2011); 6th Curitiba Biennale, Curitiba, Brazil (2011); Berlin 2000-2011: Playing Among the Ruins, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan (2011); Colección Art Foundation Mallorca 2011, CCA Andratx, Spain (2011); Adaption: Between Species, The Power Plant, Toronto, Canada (2010); 17th Biennale of Sydney – The Beauty and the Distance, Sydney, Australia (2010).