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Zaum : beyond mind : sound theatre for voice and live/interactive electronics

by Oded Ben-Tal and Caroline Wilkins (2010)

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Performance by Caroline Wilkins, Oded Ben-Tal from the CD Selected works by AMC represented artists

Selected works by AMC represented artists

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This item is not commercially available from the Australian Music Centre. We regret that we cannot offer it for sale.

CD

Selected works by AMC represented artists : vol 4

Library shelf no. CD 2131 [Available for loan]

Selected works by AMC represented artists

Non-Commercial

This item is not commercially available from the Australian Music Centre. We regret that we cannot offer it for sale.

CD

Selected works by AMC represented artists : vol. 12.

Library shelf no. CD 2251 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

Zaum: beyond mind is a sound theatre piece emerging from a collaboration between composer/performers Caroline Wilkins and Oded Ben-Tal. The work, comprising voice, bandoneon, piano and live electronics, silent film (an excerpt from Dziga Vertov's 'Man with a Movie Camera'), choreography and lighting, explores concepts evolving from the notion of instruments in space and the embodiment of sound in the digital age. Coined by Russian poet Khlebnikov, the word zaum means 'beyond mind'. It is used to describe experiments in sound symbolism and linguistic creation stemming from Russian Futurist poets of the 1900's. This poetry, in particular that of Alexei Kruchenyck, provides the basis for much of the vocal material used in the performance.

Work Details

Year: 2010

Instrumentation: Female voice (doubling bandoneon and piano), live/interactive electronics, video projection. 

Duration: 60 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Co-ordination of different theatrical & electronic elements demands experience in both

Contents note: I. Aria -- II. Zaumim  -- III. Voices -- IV. Bandoneon -- V. Tutti  (Movements can be combined or performed separately).

First performance: by Caroline Wilkins, Oded Ben-Tal — 21 May 10. Sussex University, UK. Conference '(re)performing the posthuman', Centre for Research into Opera and Music Theatre

The composer cites the following influences on the work:

Russian futurist sound poetry, experimental sound theatre.

Staging:

Staging includes 2 tables & chairs, a gangway for vocalist to move into audience area, projection screen, video projector running from laptop or DVD player, quadraphonic sound system, microphone + stand for piano, some spotlighting, choreography. Audience seated on floor cushions in middle arena of speakers. We bring our own laptop with Pd programme, sound card, contact & wireless microphones.

At present the only creators of the work can be its performers as the interactive electronics have been designed to our needs.

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Zaum: Beyond mind

'Zaum: Beyond Mind' (2010) is a sound theatre work made in collaboration between myself and electronics composer Oded Ben-Tal. Its title is taken from the name given to Russian Futurist sound poetry. The work involves voice, live / interactive electronics, bandoneon, silent film and piano. This excerpt is from a performance given at the DRHA conference, Brunel University in 2010.

Zaum: Beyond mind

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Performances of this work

Unknown date.

16 Aug 13: Presented by Tete-a-Tete Opera Festival at Riverside Studios, London. Featuring Caroline Wilkins, Joe Austin, Rees Archibald, Oded Ben-Tal.

15 Aug 13: Presented by Tete-a-Tete Opera Festival at Riverside Studios, London. Featuring Oded Ben-Tal, Caroline Wilkins, Joe Austin, Rees Archibald.

22 Apr 12: Cockpit Theatre, London. Featuring Oded Ben-Tal, Second Movement Company, Caroline Wilkins.

24 Mar 12: Sonorities Festival, Queens University, Belfast, N. Ireland.. Featuring Caroline Wilkins, Oded Ben-Tal.

22 Nov 11: Studio, Rose Theatre, Kingston on Thames, Surrey, UK. Featuring Oded Ben-Tal, Caroline Wilkins.

26 May 11: Stichting Logos, Ghent, Belgium. Featuring Oded Ben-Tal, Caroline Wilkins.

7 Sep 10: DRHA conference 2010, Antonin Artaud centre, Brunel University, West London . Featuring Caroline Wilkins, Oded Ben-Tal.

21 May 10: University of Sussex, UK. Featuring Oded Ben-Tal, Caroline Wilkins.

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