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Christopher Williams

Manifesto

Radiophonic Sound Art (concrete choral poem via loudspeaker choir)
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Christopher Williams
Manifesto, 2013
Radiophonic sound art (concrete choral poem via loudspeaker choir)
Dimensions variable
Photograph: Daniel Downing


Manifesto is a sound work for loudspeaker-choir (8 loudspeakers in a point: source configuration, Apple computer, audio interface).  I have long been fascinated with artists’ manifestos: their passion, sometimes outlandish ideas, insight and, not least, their poetry.  I have taken fragments from, and made a cut-up montage out of, many existing manifestos, re-arranging and reworking them as textual artefacts; before recording several of them in different voices to create a multi-vocal, multi-channel mix.  The outcome is a hybrid or ur-manifesto – a sound work that weaves together a rich tapestry of short vocal passages expressing ideas about art, literally giving ‘voice’ to them: there are contradictions, correspondences, resonances, associations, repetitions and humour.  Manifesto is a concrete choral-poem that speaks to the artist in us all. Manifesto incorporates and explores theoretical contexts such as such as Death of the author, found text, cut-processes, drawing, William Burroughs, Voice Theory – acousmatic voice, text to speech and intertextuality.
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