Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Iris Garrelfs - Breathing Through Wires (2014)




/Experimental electronica, Avant-garde, Micronoise, Electro-acoustic, Spoken word, Live recording, Abstract, Sound-art/

Comment: Iris Garrelfs is an experienced musician/artist who has been active for almost three decades. This compilation involves 5 lengthy live improvisations recorded in the United Kingdom between 2012 and 2014. Her music consists of two elements predominantly – her vowel effects and voice bending is accentuated with minimal electronic components either being separated from her voice or coming out of it. At times she mimics the sounds of animals (duck`s quacks, swine`s belches, evil dog`s snarling), at times the music of her is layered and looped with multiple voices (some of them are slowed down into moaning, some of them are slightly speeded up), at times the listener can perceive more nervous and orgastic syllables juxtaposed against more tranquil, angelic voice appearances as if depicting the life course of someone. Her sound proves that a very minimal, stepwise approach on only one word (as the final track builds up in this way) with some sonic manipulations could essentially be enthralling and convincing. Iris Garrelfs´ music could be examined side by side with the likes of Meredith Monk, Laurie Anderson, Roomet Jakapi, Maja Ratkje, Jaap Blonk, Diamanda Galas, Michael Schiefel. In a nutshell, it is a thought-provoking legacy from the potent voice and sound artist. 
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