December 10th, 2011 | Published in Blog
Bang the Bore XI: Psychobabble
Featuring: Glyphs, Melanie O’Dubhslaine, Xenis Emputae Travelling Band, After the Rain, Hossein Hadisi, Co-Fragilities, BtBarbershop Quartet, Pauline Oliveros’ Tuning Meditation
7pm – 10pm, Saturday 17th December 2011
John Hansard Gallery, University of Southampton, SO17 1BJ
Free entry/donations gratefully accepted
Our second event at Southampton’s hospitable and forward-thinking Hansard Gallery is an accompaniment to Terry Smith’s Parallax exhibition of “drawings, photographs, sculpture, video and sound,” which features the premiere of his composition Caracol (2011), “a musical piece with twenty five singers that cuts sonically through the atrium of a building in Caracas.”
Smith’s art uses very few objects and frequently features the human voice; accordingly, Psychobabble will use very little in the way of musical instruments and will foreground a variety of approaches to singing and vocalisation. And to make up for our last event Zone of Alienation, which featured only three performances, this time we’re bursting at the seams with eight acts packed into a mere three hours…
Somewhere between scatological and glossological, this Southampton/Brighton vocal duo features Steve Goodall of dogeeseseegod and Dan Palmer of Discipline, McNorton 4 and Garner.
Known for her work in Ashtray Navigations, Ocelocelot and Sculptress, O’Dubhslaine blurs the line between her voice and clarinet using extended technique and a voice synthesizer.
Xenis Emputae Travelling Band
Erstwhile member of AshNavs and founder of Almias Rural Psychogeography, Phil Legard’s ensemble will deliver a performance of vowel singing inspired by the work of Peter Michael Hamel and Joscelyn Godwin.
After the Rain
Composer, improviser and teacher Ignacio Agrimbau’s ensemble, featuring Hossein Hadisi and Joe Kelly, deliver a voice-centric performance blending prerecorded material with treated and untreated singing.
An extraordinary singer and multi-instrumentalist, Hadisi’s music fuses the contemporary avant garde with traditional Persian influences. At Psychobabble he will perform a piece based on the Muslim rite of prayer.
Ideas for an Omnipresent Group
Composed by Adam Denton; performed by Co-Fragilities
The ad-hoc vocal group Co-Fragilities will be performing Adam Denton’s score Ideas for an Omnipresent Group, in which notions of the absent performer are explored via quadrophonic sound and mobile phones.
Featuring the treated and untreated voices of Bang the Bore janitors Seth Cooke, Clive Henry and Kev Nickells alongside the dulcet tones of dogeeseseegod’s Waggs Muldowney.
Composed by Pauline Oliveros; conducted by Kev Nickells; performed by audience volunteers
“Inhale deeply; exhale on the note of your choice; listen to the sounds around you, and match your next note to one of them; on your next breath make a note no one else is making; repeat. Call it listening out loud.”
The music played during the intervals will be taken from Prima Materia’s 1977 album The Tail of the Tiger and Karlheinz Stockhausen’s 1968 composition Stimmung, while twenty-five printed copies of the bangthebore.org article The Glossolinguist will be made available to audience members who arrive fashionably early.