Music, words, recording and artwork by Viv Corringham 2020
Improvisations for voice, voice processing with iPad apps and guitar pedals, and field recordings.
"Viv Corringham UK improviser and sound artist has recently impressed many with her recent releases for Linear Obsessional (Until I Learn the Language of Vegetable Mineral) and Farpoint (On The Hour In The Woods). Both of those featured her own voice as a main element, and ditto for today’s item This Random Rhythm Of Notes and Sounds (ZERO 195). It’s worth stressing that she takes a very holistic view of her performance work, and walking in the open air and responding to the environment are as much a part of it all as the actual music she makes. Indeed it seems she composes her best work while going for a walk, drinking in a lungful of mountain air, and yapping out these vocal beauts. The technique here makes use of voice overdubs, sometimes processed with various apps and guitar pedals, tape loops, and added field recordings. Despite the title, I’d say there’s really not much that’s “random” about this; rather I like to think we’re hearing an audio analogue of the musician’s own soul, a psychic imprint of her inner being. A very distinctive set of songs, improvisations, and tape experiments."
~ Ed Pinsent, The Sound Projector
released March 27, 2020
Since the late 1970s Viv Corringham has been singing a wide range of music: free improvisation, Greek Rembetika, Turkish folk and spontaneously created songs that often include field recordings. Walking has long been an essential part of her work. She leads group soundwalks and listening workshops based on her studying and working with Pauline Oliveros. On solo walks she improvises with environmental sounds, and in her ongoing series Shadow-walks she responds to the memory of walks that individuals chose as special for them. Her work has been presented in twenty six countries in venues including Hong Kong Arts Centre, Fonoteca Nacional de Mexico, Issue Project Room New York, Onassis Centre Athens, ICA London, Serralves Museum Portugal, Ohrenhoch Berlin, Arts University Taiwan, Shantou University China and Tempo Reale Florence.
More info at vivcorringham.org
The Wire: An audio introduction to Viv Corringham
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