Sampling / Digital Memory

Performances with samplers and live recordings of local sounds.
Performance with digital chip (256 K) for sampling sounds. Dancers can spontaneously record sounds, amplify them, repeat and alter them via loop and pitch mechanisms.

Ballerinas sampling Didgereedo players at International Symposium for Electronic Art, Sydney. Ballerina sampling Lenin‘s piano. Marble Palace, St. Peterburg.1991.

In this performance the Ballerinas find a particular local sound – indigenous to that site or country– that can be used for the piece. A few examples are Lenin‘s piano in the former Lenin Museum in St. Peterburg, or a well-known yodeler in Munich, an aboriginee native playing the didgereedo in Australia, a Japanese shamisen (a sort of high pitched banjo) in Tokyo, or a famous avantgarde Swedish saxophonist (Mats Gustafsson). A group of Ballerinas will record this sound, loop it and play it back individually (via the pitching mechanism) while spreading out over an extended area (of a room or garden or park), thus creating –from one original sound– a multiacoustic and mobile concert.

Photo below: Audio Courtisanes. 1992 Friedrichsfelde Castle, Berlin.
Audio tutus, Baroque costumes, samplers, portable cassette players. Sound: pre-recorded tapes of breaking glass.
In 1992 the Audio Ballerinas were invited by Berlin’s Museums-padagogisches Dienst to perform at the Friedrichsfelde Castle. For this occasion we borrowed Baroque costumes from a local theatre and slipped them on over the tutus. For one performance the performers were equipped with Walkmans with pre-recorded sound of breaking glass, for the second performance they sampled the Baroque instruments of a live quintet and ambulated through the park.

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