Chris Mann’s Statement of Interest

i’d like to offer a performance which has developed out of various strategies for privileging the audience (two speakers reading the same text with mics and headphones arranged that voice A can hear voice B in the headphones and vice versa, but so loud that she cant hear herself; three speakers with mics and headphones arranged that A can hear B in the left, C in the right ear, again so loud that she cant hear herself; realtime phoneme recognition and spatialisation over 16 channels so that T always sounds in speaker 3, O in speaker 8, S in 11, etcet; a speaker lozenge that employs bone resonance ..). all of my work has been to do with speech (language is when you correct the grammar of your oppressor, ..) and examples can be found at www.theuse.info. the piece i’d like to offer is a continuation of work on overhearing and various strategies to distinguish listening to from listening for. formally its probably not too dissimilar to various other performances i’ve done at meetings of the asc over the years.

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