Julien Ottavi (FRA) ///
Sat, December 14 2002, 10:00 ///
Cinematograph, Obere Donaulände 51, Linz ///
in cooperation with popfakes
Since 1997 Ottavi has developed compositions of the human voice processed and transformed on computers. Ottavi’s research has been based on the sound poetry of artists such as Henri Chopin, Bernard Heidseick, Kurt Schwitters, Jaap Blonk etc.
Ottavi also cites as influences the contemporary composers Karlheinz Stockhausen, John Cage, Morton Feldmann and Giacinto Scelsi, composers from the tradition of musique concrete; Pierre Henry, Michel Chion, Luc Ferrari and also musicians/composers of noise-music such as Merzbow, Zbigniew Karkowski, Bernhard Günter and Francisco Lopez.
Ottavi’s research consists of two parts: the studio production of vocal pieces based on Michel Chion’s idea of the “art of fixed” sound in which the voice is considered as a musical object that can be dematerialized and thus removed from its normal role of communicating meaning. The second aspect of Ottavi’s research revolves around the live concert. With what Ottavi calls the “voice computer” works with a more spontaneous and improvised quality are created by utilizing real time processing.