CyberSongs

by Barbara Ellison

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CyberSongs is a 'transhuman song cycle for human-like computer voices' by composer/artist Barbara Ellison.
She delves in this work into the sonic intricacies of voice avatars and the ‘musicalisation’ of TTS (Text-to-speech), a type of speech synthesis application that is used to create a spoken sound version of raw text in a computer document. In the 13 tracks of this album, she creates hypnotic textures of vocal utterances through the intensive and extensive use of repetition, as tools and materials to give rise to surprising audible phenomena of a fascinating and odd musicality.
Words, morphemes, phonemes, phrases and speech particles acquire constantly-shifting new aural meanings, turning into the rhythmic, melodic and harmonic patterns of the obsessively phantasmatic trans-human song cycle of the ‘CyberSongs’.
Unlimited by the speed of articulation, in a range of different languages, these ‘beyond human’ possibilities feature and embrace glitches and artifacts that are a result of a process of pushing the limits of the technology. These voices are finally set within an electronic sound environment, with references to real-world instruments, that can be described as having an off-kilter jazz or pop aesthetic.

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released March 15, 2021

All songs composed and produced by Barbara Ellison at Dune Studio,
The Hague 2020. Mastering by Francisco López and Barbara Ellison.
Images: Barbara Ellison. Design Isabelle Vigier. All music by Barbara
Ellison © Barbara Ellison 2020 ℗ Unsounds 2021
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A physical CD of CyberSongs - designed by Isabelle Vigier - has just been released by Unsounds Label,Amsterdam March 15th 2021. Available to order from 15.03.2021 here:
unsounds.com/shop/cybersongs

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Barbara Ellison The Hague, The Netherlands

Barbara Ellison is an Irish audio/visual artist. Her work explores ghostly presence and substance in a plethora of sonic and visual realms. She has performed and exhibited worldwide.She plays with sonic intricacies of objects, manipulation strategies in musical instruments, creates voice avatars with transhuman vocal capabilities and field expeditions from the Arctic to the Amazonian rainforest. ... more

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