Emma Frances

A spoken word performance in 2011.

The content of the poems was private in nature, and difficult for me to perform.

A wall of sound acted as a barrier between performer and audience, making it easier to express difficult sentiments.

The interactive element allowed for intimate encounters with individual poems.

The set-up for this performance was a circle of eight inward-facing speakers, with the audience free to roam among them.

I recited eight poems which were looped using Max MSP and then sent to each corresponding speaker.

The sound built up into a cacophony of voices, as if the audience were in a room where everyone was talking at once.

In order to disentangle the words, audience members had to move close to one speaker at a time.

This meant that the sonic experience changed as they moved around the space.


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