On Traces

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Datum der Aufzeichnung: 06.02.2015

Ort: TQW / Studios

Im Rahmen von: First Presentation


On Traces is the initial presentation of the interim results of an interdisciplinary research process in which the practices of choreography, phonetics and sound art are linked together. Here, in a series of performative inquiries, the relationship between physical movement and vocal sound is explored.

In the research process a new method was developed with which it was possible to write sound traces freely in the space and find them again later so they could sound again. In this way performers can create invisible sound landscapes out of their own voices. Simultaneously, in these landscapes the movements of a point on the performers’ bodies are inscribed thereby closely linked to the stored sounds. An in depth performative interrogation of these movement and sound landscapes led to an intensive exploration of the concepts of the trace, of writing and scanning. At the same time a multitude of questions about perception, attention, language, memory, change and transformation were raised.

In On Traces four performers compose and explore a sound environment with the aim of tracing the expressive potential of this space formed of sounds, movements and lines.

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The origins of this work go back to the project project Embodied Generative Music (EGM, FWF TRP L399-G13), which Gerhard Eckel initiated in 2007 together with Deniz Peters at the Institute for Electronic Music and Acoustics (IEM) at the University for Music and Performing Arts Graz and in which Anna Maria Nowak and Alexander Gottfarb were also involved. EGM was concerned with the relationship between musical and physical expression, using motion-capture technology to enable dancers to turn their bodies into virtual instruments. In 2012 an encounter with the phoneticist Christine Ericsdotter at the University of Stockholm then initiated the On Traces process, which should also be seen as a continuation of the work on EGM. The question of the possible connections between dance and the movements of the human vocal apparatus was prompted by Christine’s X-ray film of people speaking, which she presented as part of a workshop on the voice and articulation. The interdisciplinary research process prompted in this way was sponsored by the Wenner-Gren Foundation as part of the Dancing the Voice project in Stockholm. The research that led to On Traces has been supported by the FWF project The Choreography of Sound (PEEK AR41).

CONCEPT, ARTISTIC DIRECTION AND PERFORMANCE: Gerhard Eckel, Christine Ericsdotter, Alexander Gottfarb and Anna Maria Nowak

SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT: Gerhard Eckel and David Pirrò

COPRODUCTION: Kunstverein Archipelago, Tanzquartier Vienna

SUPPORTED BY the Cultural Department of the City of Vienna (MA7), Cultural Ministry of Austria (bka)

The production was made possible thanks to the great support of the CSC departments Speech, Music and Hearing (Sten Ternström, Music Acoustics Group) and Media Technology and Interaction Design (Roberto Bresin, Sound and Music Computing Group) at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology, the Institute of Electronic Music and Acoustics of the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz, Austria, and Christine Ericsdotter at the Department of Language Education, Stockholm University.


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