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Line is pleased to announce the release of the second in the LINE SEGMENTS series. Source Voice is a rich and jarring new work of unexpected contrasts by German musician AGF, an artist much admired by Line’s Richard Chartier.
The voice is the human instrument. Almost everyone has a voice, unique and custom built within them. A voice is personal, political and controllable. Some voices are heard more than others. In expanding the meaning of voice, listening to and deconstructing it, we learn about our body, our kind. We grow and gain awareness through this process.
Composing in a unique way with her voice makes AGF’s work a way to consider humanity. On Source Voice, all sounds are derived from artist’s voice and the room around her. The collaboration with Richard Chartier’s LINE label is based on mutual admiration and follows the aesthetics of minimalism. Source Voice is the second LINE SEGMENTS release.
Inspired by the ancient folk practice of yoik, AGF started to imitate and voice along with her surrounding wind and weather. Yoik is a mostly wordless form of singing/vocalization by the Sami tribe of northern Scandinavia and considered one of the longest living music traditions in Europe.
Through her careful study and work with pioneering composer Eliane Radigue for the past 10 years, AGF further experiments with highly contained and organized sound in the wide field of vocal expression. AGF has worked with Radigue while performing Elemental 3 as The Lappetites, and has now created OCCAM 7, a new composition by Radigue for solo voice.
While only the composition “Kaamos” is pure untreated voice, digital processing was used to bend our imagination of what our voice is and can become.
There are some parallels with the intrepid laptop-voice exercises of Holly Herndon, but Source Voice is less an attempt at futurism and more an effort to use the tools of the present to commune with the past, the ancient, and possibly the eternal. One of AGF's most pertinent works to date, both in concept and execution, it demands immersion and concentration but generously rewards it.