Guy de Bievre

Guy de Bievre

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I spent a couple of days in Berlin working with Guy de Bievre where he was rounding up a period of teaching at the Electronic Studio at the TU where The final presentation was at Ausland.

The students played some very personal renditions of Frank L. McCarty: Tactus Tempus, a controlled improvisational process (1969) and then Guy and I played his new piece Time Zones 0.1 and my piece Swamp for film projector and improvisers (2010).

It is always such a dramatically different experience for me when I play my pieces with different musicians. This version was more lyrical than ever. I think it was the slide guitar and Guy’s particular musical statements that led us into the swampy zone.

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speakers for Swamp

I Gave My Tongue at the Office is a collaborative interactive sound installation built with Belgian audio artist Guy de Biévre. Long time collaborators, Anne La Berge and Guy De Bièvre created separately their own versions of a sound installation. The only two restrictions they had to take into account were a common technical platform and the fact that the sounds had to be associated with the human voice. Both installations consequently had to enter into a dialogue in a common room, controlled by a single microcontroller.

Anne chose as her sound source the somewhat pathological vocal sounds related to the common cold. Guy favored synthetic voices, pronouncing the separate words, in both French and English, of a Paul Valéry sentence. Together both sound sources comment on each other in a Samuel Beckett manner. Every now and then they are colored by active or interactive electronic manipulations.

I am very sensitive to the colour of the voice, which I prefer to be silvery.
Paul Valéry, Cahiers

Did I tell you of the man I visited last week, who hasn’t lost the ability To move his tongue, his lips, to laugh or cry or sing or use his voice, yet is unable To utter any words, just a few unintelligible syllables, . .
Laurie Sheck, No Summer as Yet

photo credit: Maude Cornillie