Gama XV: Piece for Two Speaker Dresses (2016)
for Flute, Violin, Electronic Live Processing, 2 Vocals and 2 Speaker Dresses
Described by The Wire as an artist "unafraid of working within different disciplines and stylistic constraints"; Pauchi Sasaki's interdisciplinary approach integrates musical composition with the design of multimedia performances, the application of new technologies, and the development of self-designed instruments seeking the embodiment of electronic music performance. A composer, performer and improviser, her music recreates intimate subjective landscapes through electro-acoustic sonorities mixed with field recordings and synthesis, influenced by improvisational aesthetics and ethnic musical traditions. An active film scorer, "Pauchi Sasaki's effective scores" [Variety] are also featured in more than 30 feature and short films.
Gama XV: Piece for Two Speaker Dresses explores the relationship between air as sound source; body as a medium of sound’s amplification; and space as the container of the element’s interaction. This composition features a new creation: Speaker Dress No.2 (SD2), which is inspired by Claire Chase’s personal interpretation of the flute. As performers, we unconsciously develop a body language around our instruments. Our bodies “dance” while playing, searching for pathways to fuse sound’s emission with our gesture and physicality. In this sense, my intention is to provide Claire with a new experience of sound embodiment. In the first half of the piece, the body is able to become the instrument itself by wearing the SD, evidencing at the same time the movement’s lexicon of the performers. The second half of the composition integrates performers’ traditional instrumentation.
While in SD1, a usually soundless skin becomes the sound source for the dress; in SD2, respiration and unintelligible vocal sounds shapes the sonic palette. I wanted to visually integrate air into the design of SD2, since Claire’s breathing performance is the inspiration of the sculpture. This visual manifestation was achieved by the design of an accessory: a mask with several tubing connected to a purse that emanates negative ions, becoming an emulation of an artificial “lung system”. Another functional aspect of the mask is to isolate the headset’s reception of the sound amplified by the dress, avoiding any chance of feedback during the live processing.