LANDS AND GENOTYPES: Anseriformes Twins vers. I (5:1 surround)

EMS Concert Series, London



Research project

  The idea for this piece was to study sonically how particular twin brothers relate to each other and explore the potential of their voice timbre which seemed to constitute a powerful element for an acousmatic composition. Being twins, the two subjects first developed a “personal language”, a way of communicating with each other peculiar to them which no one else would understand. Therefore their ability to learn English was altered and they did not speak until they were almost four years old. “They both said the word Duck, and then they never learnt another word...’’

The piece is to be seen as a poetic construction using language and environment as its core. Although some kind of narrative may appear, the focus is on the schizophrenic nature of their dual discourses, timbres, and interactions in a sonorous way. The text is secondary to the sound exploration motivated by it. Language is used as sound and a trigger for other sounds to appear in context and to annihilate that very context at the same. The piece juggles with notions of paradox, time confusion, surrounding, sound dyslexia, duality and replica. The notion of play and childhood are also very important factors that informed the structure and sounds used in the piece.
The different textures are made up of field recordings around the city of Bath (UK), a duck pond, birds, houses, electrical equipments, circus were children were playing, as well as family archives found on location and recorded on tape.


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