Live 4-channel music performance - 2003 >>>


CD & DVD-R audio release - 2011

 
        
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Voiceless is a live music performance employing a range of real-time digital processing of vocal fragments inspired by great vocal performances in the cinema: Bad Girls Go To Hell, Carnival Of Souls, The Exorcist, I Spit On Your Grave, Georgia, Blue Steel, Vagabonde, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

Devised by Philip Brophy, this suite of pieces is based on his article I Scream In Silence: Cinema, Sex & The Sound Of Women Dying (published in Cinesonic – The World Of Sound In Film, 1999). All vocals in the pieces are performed by Brophy. Highly processed and rendered in transmogrified states, these para-sexual breaths and utterances merge with shifting sheets of noise and pulsating sonic waves. This is his sonic attack on what he has termed the ‘drag effect’ in sampling women’s voices.

The opera of the psychotic, the muzak of the murdered, the symphony of the sexual – all are met head-on in the musical maelstrom of Voiceless.


2 pieces of the suite were presented at VARIABLE RESISTANCE 4, Westspace, Melbourne, December 2003. The remaining 4 pieces were presented at MONUMENTS, Footscray Community Arts Centre, Melbourne, November 2010.

A CD and DVDR-Audio were released on Sound Punch in January 2011.



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