Stand up comedy
Label: WEIRD EAR
Format: Vinyl LP picture
Genre: Sound Art
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Alessandro Bosetti‘s music for the last decade has documented the de- and re-contextualization of the human voice through a variety of means. Il Fiore Della Bocca achieved this through the natural alterations of ‘normal’ speech exhibited by the voices of individuals with speech impediments, such as stuttering and phonetic disorders. Africanfeedback did so through vocal mimicry of contemporary music and through a simple ignorance of the languages his subjects were speaking (often Dogon). Throughout his body of works, we find the spoken word being imitated in the tonality, rhyme and meter of Alessandro’s synthetic and instrumental compositions – often playing simultaneously, or with a brief pause as if to accentuate the aping. Stand Up Comedy, then, seems a natural extension of this praxis. Here we find language being broken into the sentence fragments, muted reactions, bursts of laughter and confused exclamations that result from Alessandro’s use of the Mask/Mirror machine.
On these recordings, he utilizes an instrument of his own design (Mask/Mirror) to skew any intent to specific meaning asunder, as the mask/mirror has been engineered to chaotically interrupt and reconfigure speech in realtime, creating odd juxtapositions, abrupt interruptions, and a wholly arresting listening experience.
As Mask/Mirror spits out phrases, isolated words, vocal tics, plosives, and the occasional guffaw, it convolves the starkness of that material in real time with bells, sine waves, percussive elements and other instrumental sound, effectively creating a tonal shadow that further blurs the divide between sound, speech, music and language. Side A of Stand Up Comedy is comprised of audio extrapolated from a tour of the US and Europe in 2008. Portions of Bosetti's performances including audience interactions, interviews, and phoned in conversations with Mask/Mirror, are woven together into a seamless whole, the overall structure mimicking the recursive and mutating phrasings that Mask/Mirror can tend towards. A rich cross section of people interact with and become part of Mask/Mirror, as it saves portions of speech for later use, effectively keeping the listener guessing as to what may 'really' be happening in any of these interactions. Side B of Stand Up Comedy was recorded live at the Echzeitmusiktage festival in Berlin, and is a composition for voice/electronics, Violin, and Contrabass Clarinet. We hear a conversation between two anonymous speakers, transcribed and rerecorded in Bosetti's voice, played back through Mask/Mirror, recombinant and exploded in it's exploration of it's initial themes. The instrumental parts have been transcribed to shadow the utterances and meanderings of the Mask/Mirrors winding lines, as Bosetti struggles to keep the sometimes darkly comedic themes in check, and simultaneously copes with the danger of letting his instrument speak freely in front of a live audience. This is the first release for Weird Ear Recordings, and we couldn't think of a better initial release-as-mission-statement than Stand Up Comedy, as it sits in it's own sound world, connected to many veins of experimental sound practices, but beholden to none. The LP in particular reflects our admiration and enjoyment of this work with a beautiful picture disc and semi-transparent sleeve design realized by Thom Dudley at Sightlab: The full transcript of both pieces traces an Archimedean spiral around the vinyl itself, dizzying as it plays, and at rest in it's sleeve, offsets an almost egyptian salmon, and an almost sumerian bear that reside over the cover, a reference to the last few elements at play in the tail end of Side B. Mastered by Giuseppe Ielasi. 300 vinyl picture discs with printed heavyweight PVC sleeves.
The LP edition particularly reflects our admiration and enjoyment of this work with a beautiful picture disc and semi-transparent sleeve design realized by Thomas at Sightlab: The full transcript of both pieces traces an Archimedean spiral arond the vinyl itself, dizzying as it plays, and at rest in it's sleeve, offsets an almost egyptian salmon, and an almost sumerian bear that reside over the cover, a reference to the last few elements at play in the tail end of Side B.
300 vinyl picture discs with printed heavyweight PVC sleeves
Cat. number: WER-001
Edition of 300 picture discs on 180 gram vinyl with printed heavyweight PVC sleeves.
Side A recorded in Philadelphia (Mascher space co-op.), Vienna (Kunstradio), Jersey City (WMFU) and St. Louis (Lemp Arts), 2008. Kunstradio fragments recorded on 15.06.2008 courtesy of ORF-Kunstradio.
Side B recorded 29.09.10 at Echtzeitmusiktage 2010, Elisabethkirche Berlin.