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The Artistic Doctoral Project by Alex Nowitz, ‘Monsters I love: On Multivocal Arts’, is now published!

30/01/2019

The artistic doctoral project can be found in Research Catalogue and DIVA.

The Documented artistic research project (doctoral thesis) by Alex Nowitz ‘Monsters I love: On Multivocal Arts’ is out now published in DiVA and, for direct access, in Research catalogue.

Abstract

Proposing a ‘multivocal practice’ in the vocal arts, the artistic research project embodies an inclusive approach to four core categories for the contemporary performance voice: the singing, speaking, extended and disembodied voice. Multivocality addresses various models of virtuosity, all of which are informed by a multi-faceted artistic knowledge, whether experimental or experiential, technical or technological, improvisational or compositional. The culmination of a four-year PhD project in the Performative and mediated practices, with specializations in choreography/film and media/opera /performing arts, the exposition on the Research Catalogue documents artistic research sub-projects through the presentation of multimedia material, interweaving performance recordings with reflection and informative threads. Next to video and audio documentation of public live performances, lectures and artists’ talks as well as studio productions and rehearsals, the user is also invited to study scores and varied texts, such as poems, extended programme notes, translations, performance instructions, comments and other reflections. But central is the collection of essays and articles guiding the user through the edifice of ideas that the artistic research project has unveiled.

When voice and body meet technology-related practices that aim at the expansion of the vocal realm by using custom and gesture-controlled live electronics, a performance æsthetics of the in-between emerges. This is explored via the ‘strophonion’, formerly built at STEIM in Amsterdam and, during the course of the PhD, further developed by Berlin-based software programmer Sukandar Kartadinata who created an intricate configuration on the basis of the audio processing application Max/MSP. Through the formulation and performance of ‘The Manifesto for the Multivocal Voice’—a ‘discursive solo performance act’ that aims to provide insights into principles and premises, and to develop the discourse on the politics of today’s performance voice—the exposition attempts to establish a potential theoretical and philosophical grounding for multivocality. Meanwhile, its second major concern relates to the poetics of the voice, investigating the thresholds of highly individualised vocal practices by asking: what are the boundaries of and where is the performance voice today?

Contemporary vocal performance practices are loaded by questions pertaining to detecting and solving technical issues that bridge the vocal terrains. Through a range of artistic practices—vocal, oral, bodily and technology-related—the research project unfolds what is conceived as a bountiful ‘vocal imaginary’.

Keywords:

acousmatic and disembodied voice, æsthetics of uncertainty and in-between, composer-performer, contemporary vocal performance art, custom musical instrument (DIY), digital musical instrument (DMI), electronic and electroacoustic music, expanding the field of vocal performance art, extended vocal techniques, extending the voice, gesture-controlled live electronics, improvisation and real-time composition, inclusive vocal performance practises, interactive sound and music, multidirectional listening, multivocality, multivocal voice, music, new vocality, sampling practises for vocal and musical improvisation, schizophonic practices, sensor-based and computer-based technology, singer-composer, singing and speaking voice, sound art, sound technology, STEIM, strophonion, vocal materiality and liminality, vocal personas, vocal sound dance, wireless technology

Public defence

The public defence is 27 February 2019 at 10:00–14:00 at the University College of Opera, Teknikringen 35. Welcome!

Read more about the public defense.

Panache_01 1100x620.jpgVideo still from Panache (Part III: ‘The Manifesto for the Multivocal Voice’)
 
Manifesto_The-Stroph-is_02 1100x620.jpgVideo still from The Manifesto for the Mutivocal Voice