Zaum : beyond mind : sound theatre for voice and live/interactive electronics
by Oded Ben-Tal and Caroline Wilkins (2010)
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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.
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).
The composer cites the following influences on the work:
Russian futurist sound poetry, experimental sound theatre.
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.
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
- Influenced by: Literature & Poetry
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