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Kallabris is the project of Michael Anacker. Active since 1986, its work has been described as ‘electro-acoustic chamber music’ — a description which should be taken literally. Anacker’s main interest is a reflection on the electro-mechanical conditions of sound recording presented in everyday recording devices such as cheap home computers, dictaphones and answering machines. Thus, he is not interested in the limits of musical styles but in the limitations of sound (re)production.
“Songs. The first duty of a singer is to sing, Swinburne once wrote. Some of the lyrics in these songs are taken from his poems and ballads. What has been added should be seen as a commentary. But with a beat. I am perfectly sure that he would have enjoyed the beating of the beats. As for the rest, it is not exactly Faustine — but it still makes you sea- sick. I hope that Swinburne would have been amused by this proletarian echo of his voice.” — Michael Anacker, July 2017