Music: Overview

Credit: Laurie Kwasnik
Credit: Laurie Kwasnik

Singing in public since childhood, with early music and piano studies,  in my youth I took up singing a capella trad British folk in coffee houses, until I began working with The Four Horsemen and was introduced to free improvisational voicework. I subsequently collaborated with numerous free-improv instrumentalists, co-composed a bit with R. Murray Schafer, and joined CCMC. Specializing in free improvisation, I broadened the scope of my oral sound art, developing extended pitch range and expanded multiphonic effects that include different types of overtones, univocal intervals and chording, dual phonolocation of various sorts, and an ever-increasing array of vocal and nonvocal acoustic oral effects. Having an uneasy relationship with electronics, I limit myself to instructing sound engineers to make it sound exactly like me, only louder. I am the effects. Well, except when I play harmonica, which I do principally in context of CCMC.

In addition to my musical alliances detailed on this site, my more occasional collaborators have included fellow oral sound artists Jaap Blonk, Koichi Makigami, Phil Minton, and David Moss, and such musicians as Trevor Wishart, John Butcher, Bob Ostertag, Xavier Charles, Lee Ranaldo, Christian Marclay, Günter Christmann, Thomas Charmetant, Christine Duncan, and Jacques Di Donato.

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