Lawrence Casserley is a pioneer of real time electroacoustic music, since the 60s working with other artists and developing his Signal Processing Instrument, using physical gestures to process and morph sounds; here he works with British vocalist and Deep Listening teacher Viv Corringham in an other-worldly collaboration of voice and electonics.
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Recorded at the Singing Barn at Piggotts, in Buckinghamshire, England, on April 14th, 2014, by Matt Saunders.
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Lawrence Casserley is a pioneer of real time electroacoustic music, since the 60s working with other musicians in free improvisation, particularly known for his duo with Evan Parker that has recorded and performed frequently, and as a member of the Evan Parker Electro-Acoustic Ensemble. He developed his Signal Processing Instrument to use physical gestures to process and morph incoming sounds in real time. On Anemoi he uses that instrument to modify the improvised voice of British vocalist, sound artist and composer and certified Deep Listening teacher Viv Corringham. The result is in an ethereal mix of vocal call and response, creating a spectrum of unexpected sound and response to Corringham's unique utterance and song, and album of futuristic and sophisticated sound.
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"Viv Corringham is a British vocalist, sound artist and composer, currently based in New York, who has worked internationally since the early 1980s. Her work includes performances, installations, radio works and soundwalks. She is interested in exploring people's special relationship with familiar places and how that links to personal history and memory. She is a 2012 and 2006 McKnight Composer Fellow through American Composers Forum.
Other grants and awards have come from Jerome Meet the Composer, the English and Irish Arts Councils, Jazz Services, Millennium Funding, London Arts Board, Chisenhale Awards, Creative Partnerships and Awards for All.
Educational background includes an MA Sonic Art from Middlesex University, London, England and a BA Theatre Design from Nottingham Trent University, England. She is a certified teacher of Deep Listening, having studied with composer Pauline Oliveros."-Viv Corringham Website (http://www.vivcorringham.org/biography)
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"Lawrence Casserley (born UK, 1941) has devoted his professional career, as composer, conductor and performer, to real time electroacoustic music. In 1967 he became one of the first students of Electronic Music at the Royal College of Music, London, UK, on the new course taught by Tristram Cary. Later he became Professor-in-Charge of Studios and Adviser for Electroacoustic Music at the RCM, before taking early retirement in 1995.
He is best known for his work in free improvised music, particularly real-time processing of other musicians' sound, and he has devised a special computer processing instrument for this work (picture above). He has worked with many of the finest improvisers, particularly Evan Parker, with whom he works frequently as a duo partner, in various larger groupings and in the Evan Parker Electro-Acoustic Ensemble. He also works as a soloist, processing sounds from voice, percussion and home-made instruments. CDs have been released by ECM, Konnex, Leo Records, Psi, Sargasso and Touch.
Much of Casserley's work has involved collaboration with other art forms, including poets, eg Bob Cobbing, and visual artists, including Colourscape artist Peter Jones. He is a Director of the Colourscape Music Festivals, presenting contemporary music in the unique environment of the Colourscape walk-in sculpture. He also collaborates with Peter Jones on sound/light installations.
Casserley's "instrumental" approach to live computer sound processing is the hallmark of his work; the Signal Processing Instrument allows him to use physical gestures to control the processing and to direct the morphology of the sounds. This is the culmination of forty years of experience in the performance of live electronic work; his earliest live electronic pieces were performed in 1969, and he has performed many of the live electronic "classics" of the 20th century; he has also collaborated with other composers to realise their electronic performance ideas. He is noted for the breadth and variety of his collaborations, which cross styles and generations."-Lawrence Casserley Website (http://www.lcasserley.co.uk/biography.shtml)
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