Capto Musicae – a cross-diciplinary artistic research project

From October 2013 onwards, I will on this blog post video, audio, music, photos, reflections, progress, news and challenges related to my artistic research.

My project, “Capto Musicae” explores new possibilities for cross-disciplinary music theatre, via the compositional tool of extended vocal practice.The goal of the research project is firstly to create musical/sonic and visual works for theatre, developing methods in which texts, sounds, scenic and kinetic elements come together as equivalent elements. Secondly, to develop a contemporary model for notation and scoring music theatre that can be used by artists across performance disciplines.

The research is doubly historically grounded, first in twentieth century avant-garde and experimental approaches to the voice in performance, and secondly in explorations of voice within heavy rock, post punk and noise/industrial influenced music. This is an arena in which the development of my own aesthetic has taken place, and in which I intend to work as a researcher. The experimental tradition, including the work of J. Cage, M. Monk, H. Goebbels, P. M. Davies, L. Berio and others, in expanding the possibilities of sound in performance art, and in extending the range of vocal ideas and techniques is crucial background for my research. My research asks how can we work from this now established experimental tradition to create cross-disciplinary performance for a new century.
The research is performer-centered, using myself as a singing/performing subject, and engaging with other artists through participation in collaborative practice. I will place my practical skills, experience and methods in the context of the contemporary performing art scene. I will explore musicality itself, and develop music in the theatre, from inside and out, in close relation to the general scenic idea. I have a trans-disciplinary approach to my work, in the sense that I let the music emerge through the various disciplines, let it mold in relation to what occurs in the meeting between the spatial, visual, textual, and kinetic elements.

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