05 November | 20:00
Sound Anatomy VIII: Casey Moir, Richard Scott & Alex Nowitz
Alex Nowitz (Potsdam/Stockholm) is a composer of vocal, instrumental and electroacoustic sound, as well as a voice artist, whistling and singing virtuoso. He is a tenor and countertenor who also presents a wide array of various extended voice techniques. Repeatedly from 2007 through 2015 he was resident at STEIM in Amsterdam where he developed two gesture controlled live electronics: the Stimmflieger (with Wii Remotes) and the Strophonion. Nowitz uses live electronics to extend the voice and the vocal performance. With regard to the current instrument, the Strophonion, Frank Baldé developed the software parts, Florian Goettke built the controllers, and Bunjung Kwon is responsible for the electronics. In 2014, a back-up version was built by electronic engineer and sound artist Sukandar Kartadinata from Berlin and Italian designer Chi-ha-ucciso-Il-Conte. So far he developed five solo formats for voice and live electronics performing at theatres and other venues, such as Schaubühne Berlin, Operadagen Rotterdam, LIG Arts Seoul. The latest solo show, "Tongues and Ghosts", for voice, live electronics (strophonion), 8.2-system and video was premiered in Oct. 2015 at Audiorama Stockholm. Alex received numerous grants and residencies in Germany and elsewhere like the Banff Arts Center (Canada, 2005/2007), EMS Stockholm (2010) or Cité des Arts Paris (2014). In 2009, he was the first prize winner of the ECPNM in Gothenburg. Currently, he holds a PhD candidature at the University of the Arts Stockholm exploring the potentials for the contemporary performance voice developing the artistic concept of what he calls „The Multivocal Voice“.
Richard Scott is a prolific free improvising electroacoustic composer and living in Berlin working with electronics including modular synthesizers and controllers such as the Buchla Thunder and Lightning and his own self-designed WiGi infra red controller developed at STEIM. He has been composing and performing for over 25 years working with artists such as Evan Parker, Derek Bailey, John Stevens, Jon Rose, Richard Barrett, Axel Doerner, Kazuhisa Uchihashi, Shelley Hirsch, Ute Wasserman, Michael Vorfeld, Frank Gratkowski and his own Lightning Ensemble. He studied free improvisation in the 80s with John Stevens, saxophone with Elton Dean and Steve Lacy, Action Theatre improvisation with Sten Rudstrom and electroacoustic composition with David Berezan and Ricardo Climent. He has had multiple electroacoustic, performance and audio-visual works presented at conferences and festivals such as ICMC, IFIMPAC, BEAM and MANTIS and has been a referee for the NIME conference. In 2014 he initiated and co-curated the Sines&Squares festival of analogue and modular synthesis held at Manchester University. He runs his own label Sound Anatomy and is co-curator of three important improvised and electronic series in Berlin: AUXXX, Sound Anatomy and Basic Electricity. He has released many albums, for example Grutronic and Evan Parker on PSI records, The Magnificence of Stereo (sruti BOX) and has a solo double modular synthesizer LP, Several Circles, and an album with Sidsel Endreson on Cusp Editions in 2015. He has written a number of conference papers, including “The Molecular Imagination: John Stevens, the Spontaneous Music Ensemble and Free Group Improvisation” in Sound weaving: Writings on Improvisation, Edited by Franziska Schroeder and Mícheál ÓhAodha 2014 Cambridge Scholars Publishing.