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Fixed Media III: Language

When: Tue., March 29, 8 p.m. 2011

For all the audiophiles with an ear for the bizarre, be sure to check out the next New Music Collective media presentation of language at the CofC Communications Museum. Fixed Media III: Language focuses on current sound and video works that don’t have a live element to them. “Most music is meant to have some live aspect, but this material has been composed specifically for playback on tapes, CDs, and DVDs,” says Ron Wiltrout, co-artistic director and co-founder of NMC. The presentation will explore the works of Robert Ashley, Henri Chopin, Language Removal Services, Bonnie Jones, and others. Both Ashley and Chopin are artists who use recording instruments to manipulate their voices and use subtle sound bites of music to bring meaning to specific words. Language Removal Services takes movies and speeches and removes all spoken language, leaving just the breaths, grunts, and “uhs” of the actors. “This presentation explores how recordings can change the meaning of speech,” says Wiltrout. “They will also give the audience a novel music experience that they can’t hear anywhere else.”

Cullen Lea

Price: Donations

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