whast/ warb


In the creation of whast/ warb, I sought to investigate the pitch construction of speaker feedback, whilst considering formal relationships between early minimalist techniques and magnetic tape technology. whast/ warb is based on transcriptions of Coyotics (2016), my heavily improvisational work for solo voice, hand-held tape recorders, tape-loops, and speaker feedback. In Coyotics, grainy lo-fi vocal textures gradually accumulate until they become an accepted background sound – I then manipulate low-volume feedback between my voice, the tape recorders, and the speakers, producing high, prismic tones. whast/ warb features three primary elements elaborated from Coyotics – continuous repetition of short motifs, descending glissandi harmonized at close intervals, and unstable multiphonic sounds.

Rebecca Bruton CA

Rebecca Bruton (MFA) is a composer, vocalist and sometimes-violinist based in Calgary, Alberta. Her work occurs in the interstices between avant-pop, experimental chamber music, and noise. As one half of the vocal performance duo Moss Moss Not Moss (with Canadian-Icelandic poet a rawlings), Rebecca has presented original work at Tectonics Festival Glasgow, and has had her composition and performance work featured on BBC's Hear and Now radio program. Rebecca has released two studio albums under the pseudonym Rebecca Flood. She is also co-creative producer (with sound artist Alexandra Spence) of Tidal ~ Signal, a Vancouver-based festival dedicated to increasing representation of women and transgendered artists in sound art and experimental music.

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Rebecca Bruton