Mercy and Liverpool Biennial 2012
with Deep Hedonia
World Premiere performance works
SCANNER - new electronic voice work
IRIS GARRELFS - "the diamanda gallas of glitch"
STEVEN FOWLER and BEN MORRIS - benchpress noise poetics
+ special guests
8pm - 12am Saturday 6th October
@ Hi-Fi (formerly Binary Cell) 40 Seel Street
As the grand finale of this awesome weekend interrogating the hauntological electronic voice, Mercy, Liverpool Biennial and Deep Hedonia bring together 3 internationally significant new works made especially for the festival.
Each work brings a uniquely contemporary entry into the intersection of electronics, voice and paranormal psychology. Expect ghostly soundscapes, otherworldly screams, cuts, flows, and synaesthetics at this unique event.
One of the foremost and singularly recognisable sound artists of his generation, Scanner (aka Robin Rimbaud) has won international admiration from amongst others, Bjork, Aphex Twin and Stockhausen. With this new commission for Mercy and Liverpool Biennial 2012, Scanner will present EVP recordings from a theatre in Stockholm built in 1766 along with his trademark intercepted phone conversations to create a survey of anticipation in sound and words, things to come, but not fulfilled. The voice emerges, found, processed, unwrapped, but lost. Throughout, Scanner himself will act as The Host bringing in these voices and spirits to an engaging soundscape.
"For Robin Rimbaud, aka Scanner, music is not an end point. Instead, it is part of a complex web of activity that defines the democracy of the digital world." The Wire
Described as the Diamanda Galas of Glitch, Iris' work suggests a kind of siphoning-off of sonic nerve impulses, fragments of melody, rhythm and correlation floating around in her body and brain. Using her voice as raw material, Iris his transmutes the body into machine noises, choral works and pulverised sound. For this new work, Iris will improvise a new composition based on the theme and performance environment.
"granules of electroacoustic babble and glitch, generating animated dialogues between innate human expressiveness and the overt artifice of digital processing" the Wire
STEVEN FOWLER AND BEN MORRIS
Two artists at the forefront of the avant garde in music and poetics return to Liverpool for this, their third iteration of a collaborative work exploring the voice under the pressure of violence, exhaustion and analogue processing.
a Mercy commission, supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
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THE ELECTRONIC VOICE PHENOMENA WEEKEND is FUNDED BY NATIONAL LOTTERY through ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND's GFA, and LIVERPOOL BIENNIAL 2012.