IOM research residency presentation for Cathedral of Thorns
March 6, 2013 –
Stelios Manousakis (composition, electronics) & Stephanie Pan (voice)
Residency at Studio LOOS, March 1-6 2013
‘What is the current that makes machinery’ is a cycle of short pieces for female voice and live electronics, written for vocalist Stephanie Pan and her unique capabilities in extended vocal techniques. The pieces are based on texts from the first section of Gertrude Stein’s ‘Tender Buttons: objects; food; rooms’, a collection of short prose-poems written in 1912. In these modernist texts, often characterized as ‘verbal cubism’ or ‘language art’, Stein composes with language not for the world it represents, but with its first matter - signs, sounds, rhythm, syntax and semantic fragments - treating it as a rediscovered aesthetic object that alludes to new worlds on the listener’s mind. The piece uses the voice and electronic processing to best reveal and amplify the complex multi-dimensional beauty of the texts and their inherent sonic, structural, and poetic musicality in a live setting.
During the 6-day residency we will workshop a number of short pieces from the cycle. On the evening of March 6th we will present the result of this process.
Stephanie Pan and Stelios Manousakis have been collaborating together since 2005. Projects include: a duo for voice and live electronics; Computer Aided Breathing, a live improv trio for voice, organ and live electronics with organist Kirstin Gramlich; more recently as co-composers for film, including feature films/experimental documentaries Reformation and upcoming film Dramayama, by Jeanette Groenendaal; and Center no Distractor, a new duo for taiko and live electronics.
Stelios Manousakis (GR) is a composer, performer, researcher and sound artist. Stelios operates in the convergence zones between art and science, composition, performance and installation, Western art music and ‘digital folk’ idioms. He applies complexity science, cybernetic and biology-inspired models to generate novel musical systems and sound synthesis methods, often merging algorithmic finesse with the expressivity of improvisation or the immediacy of audience participation. He studied music theory and linguistics in Greece, received his Masters from the Institute of Sonology in The Hague and is currently finishing a PhD at the Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media (DXARTS, University of Washington) in Seattle, USA.
Stephanie Pan is a singer, performance artist and maker currently based in The Hague, the Netherlands, specializing in experimental music, new music, experimental theater and early music. Her work is visceral, passionate and intense, and often explores the limits of the voice and body. She has performed throughout the US and Europe with her own projects as well as with groups such as Sequentia, Belarus Free Theatre, De Veenfabriek, and currently performs with Rosa Ensemble. Ms. Pan received her Masters in Theatre from DasArts: Advanced Studies in the Performing Arts (AHK), and holds a BA from UC Berkeley in Music and Applied Mathematics, and a First Phase Diploma, with distinction, in Classical Singing from The Royal Conservatory, The Hague.