After the audiovisual installations
RE:MARK and Hidden Worlds of Noise and Voice
Golan Levin and Zach Lieberman once more realize a project
focusing on the visualization of sound and voice. Messa di
Voce is a concert performance with the vocal artists Joan
La Barbara and Jaap Blonk.
Messa di Voce is a concert performance
and creates a fascinating symbiosis of sound and image, real
voices and virtual graphics. A software that has been
custom-designed for this project converts every vocal nuance
into highly expressive real-time graphics with which the
singers, in turn, can play. A cycle of interaction that fully
integrates the performers and singers into an ambience
consisting of sound, virtual 3-D graphics and real-time
The software in Messa di Voce
combines a motion tracking system and a speech analysis and
projects graphic objects in real-time. Every noise long and
short, high and low notes, shouting, barking, coughing sound
level and intensity have a visual correspondence. The result
is the illusion that language and sound are
Messa di Voce does not use any elements
of a concrete language; instead, it is completely abstract.
The vocal artists Joan La Barbara (US) and Jaap Blonk (NL)
will experiment with all possibilities of vocal expression and
thus create a space full of sound poetry. In the interaction
with the real-time graphics it is possible to tell stories in
which reality and virtuality melt. The result is a technically
complex and nevertheless enormously playful audiovisual
The term "messa di voce" ("placing the
voice") describes on of the most difficult exercises for
singers. One note is sung in a steady crescendo and
descrecendo and in piano and forte
without leaving the pitch. This as well as intonation and
resonance have to stay constant. The difficulty is not to
change the tone by altering the sound quality.
Levin: Artist, composer, engineer interested in developing
artifacts and events which explore subtle new modes of
interactive expression. Levin is primarily engaged in the
development of technical systems and software to realize
audiovisual installations. He was represented in the Ars
Electronica 2001 with his Dialtones Telesymphony. His
installations RE:MARK and Hidden Worlds of Noise and
Voice (2002) are to be seen in the Ars Electronica Center.
He is given an Award of Distinction in the category Net Vision
in this year Prix Ars Electronica for his project The
Secret Lives of Numbers.
Zachary Lieberman: New
York based visual artist and software engineer. Artist in
residence in the Ars Electronica Futurelab in 2002. His work
emphasizes installations that combine sound localization
systems and 3-D projections.
Joan La Barbara: one of
the most significant contemporary vocal artists going far
beyond the boundaries of traditional vocal art. Worldwide
concerts, producer of several recordings of John Cage and
Morton Feldman et. al. She premiered works of American
composers, Robert Ashley, Philip Glass, Charles Dodge, Morton
Subotnick among others. Compositions for dance and
Jaap Blonk: composer, vocal artist, sound poet.
Work as soloist and collaboration with several ensembles and
musicians in the field of contemporary music and
improvisation. Founder and leader of the orchestra "Splinks
and the avant-rock trio "BRAAXTAAL.
Voce is a project of Tmema by Golan Levin and Zachary
Lieberman. Presented on September 7, 2003, 19:30 in the