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Florian Hecker

Chimerization (English)

English edition-Editions Mego is happy to announce the release of Chimerization, three vinyl editions of a text-sound piece Florian Hecker produced on the occasion of dOCUMENTA (13) in Kassel, Germany. For Chimerization, Hecker invited the Iranian writer and philosopher Reza Negarestani to contribute an experimental libretto, "The Snake, the Goat and the Ladder (A board game for playing chimera)," a script that has been recited by a group of speakers and recorded by Hecker in anechoic and sound-attenuated chambers: rooms designed to minimize the reflections of either sound or electromagnetic waves. Hecker characterizes Chimerization as a concept derived from psychoacoustic investigations on difficult-to-define areas between language and non-language, a process focusing on the decomposition of sound and synthesizing incompatible modalities, surpassing their respective particularities without fusing them, in order to obtain a narration beyond immediate comprehension, which may be deciphered through repeated, "active" listening. Chimerization is available in the following languages: English (EMEGO 153LP), German (EMEGO 154LP), the mother tongue of the artist, and Farsi (EMEGO 155LP), the original language of the writer. German voices: Andreas Huyssen, Anna Kohler, Guerino Mazzola. Farsi voices: Arash Afraz, Maryam Vaziri Pashkam, Mahsa Rouhi. English voices: Gabriel Catren, Sugata Bose, Joan Jonas. All voices recorded by Florian Hecker at the Sensory Communication Group, Research Laboratory of Electronics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, except: Andreas Huyssen recorded at Hearing Science Laboratory, City University of New York; Guerino Mazzola recorded at Orfield Labs, Minneapolis. Gabriel Catren recorded by Olivier Pasquet at IRCAM, Paris. The three vinyl editions of Chimerization have been designed by NORM, Zurich and cut by Rashad Becker at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin.

Cat. number: EMEGO 153LP
Year: 2012

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