Resonant Bodies

S2021 E1 | FULL EPISODE

Charmaine Lee

Vocalist, improvisor, composer, and noise artist Charmaine Lee presents a new work with pianist and composer Conrad Tao. They explore a variety of sonic environments, each a meditation on both the mechanical and human qualities of sound.

AIRED: June 09, 2021 | 0:26:43
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Yoo-wha.

[ Microphone feedback ]

♪ It's very hard...

Woman: The voice is such a unique instrument.

It is located in this place, in your body where

you have your heart below it, you have your brain above it.

Only the sound of the voice, I think,

can really go to those deep, emotional places.

And when we hear that, there can be a greater compassion

and understanding and community around the world.

♪ Mm

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I'm really interested in pushing the boundaries

of human and electronic sound.

[ Buzzes lips ]

The way that I do that

is through using a series of different microphones

with different low and high fidelities,

and just basic EQ,

which is just frequency manipulation.

I will use different microphones to create a spectrum of sound

that I hope will results in something

that feels almost polyphonic.

It's the illusion of multiple streams of sound

coming from the same sound source.

So for me, the way I do that

is by having a contact microphone,

which I put on my throat and I use simultaneously

with other different microphones that are on my mouth,

and through that process,

I can create different sounds

coming out of both my throat and my mouth,

and it feels as though there are multiple voices at once.

[ Clicking, grunting ]

For me, the solo improvisations that I do is really

one of the deepest ways that I can connect

to people in general.

It brings people in,

and me, I use a lot of silence in my music.

So, it's kind of this way to, like, let people into my world.

And I want it to feel really present.

[ Thumps ]

Honey.

To do my practice in the way that I do it,

it requires intense amount of concentration.

And I like to have a kind of complex array

of emotional energy in my sets,

whether it be joyous or austere,

because I think that's like life,

and that's just who I am as a person.

[ Clicks tongue ] Ah.

I hope that audiences, especially those who are not

super exposed to this kind of music,

walk away with a sense of intrigue and interest.

I think curiosity is the key to life,

and the world that I orbit is so rich

and I hope that new ears will be interested to understand

that better, because it has so much to offer.

[ Buzzing lips ]

[ Cheers and applause ]

[ Blowing air ]

[ Speaker blows air ]

[ Inhales sharply ]

[ Clicks tongue ]

[ Clicks tongue, grunts ]

[ Slowly blows air ]

[ Clicks tongue, grunts ]

[ Squeaking ]

[ Clicks tongue, inhales sharply ]

Ee.

[ Exhales sharply, buzzes lips ]

[ Inhales sharply ]

[ Buzzes lips ]

[ Sucks air ]

[ Rolls tongue, buzzes lips ]

[ Clicking tongue ]

Ah.

[ Inhales sharply ] Mm.

[ Rolls tongue, inhales sharply ]

[ Buzzes lips ]

[ Pops cheek, whistles ]

[ Smooches, buzzes lips ]

[ Inhales sharply, rolls tongue ]

Mmmmmmmm.

[ Clicks tongue ]

[ Inhales sharply ]

Mm.

[ Exhales sharply ]

[ Slowly hisses air ]

[ Inhales deeply ]

[ Exhales slowly ]

[ Buzzing lips ]

[ Inhaling shakily ]

[ Puttering lips ]

[ Puttering lips ]

[ Puttering lips ]

[ Groans, clicks tongue ]

[ Puttering lips, whispering indistinctly ]

[ Puttering continues ]

[ Puttering lips, squealing ]

[ Rolls tongue ]

[ Indistinct whispering ]

Mm.

[ Rolls tongue ]

[ Puttering lips ]

[ Puttering continues ]

[ Scraping cord ]

[ Puttering lips ]

[ Moans ]

[ Puttering continues ]

[ Squeaking ]

[ Music stops ]

[ Snorting, squeaking ]

[ Puttering lips ]

[ Squeaking ]

Mm. [ Puttering lips ]

[ Clicks tongue ] Uh-oh.

[ Puttering lips ]

♪ Oh, no, no, no, no

[ Puttering lips ]

[ Groaning ]

[ Puttering lips ]

[ Chittering ]

[ Squeaking ]

[ Breathing shakily ]

[ Gargles water ]

[ Sucking water ]

[ Gargling water ]

[ Swallows loudly ]

[ Quietly buzzing lips ]

Ooh.

[ Warbling ]

[ Exhales sharply ]

[ Inhales deeply ]

[ Chittering ]

[ Squeaking ]

[ Chittering ]

[ Growls ]

[ Chittering ]

[ Growls ]

[ Chittering, growling ]

[ Squeaking ]

[ Chittering, growling ]

[ Screeching ]

[ Chittering, growling ]

[ Puttering lips ]

[ Squeaking ]

No!

[ Sucking lips, moaning ]

[ Clicks tongue, babbles ]

[ Inhales sharply, clicks tongue ]

Oh.

[ Exhales sharply ]

Ah.

[ Inhales sharply, thumps ]

Honey.

[ Puttering lips ] Ah.

[ Puttering lips ]

Hah. [ Inhales sharply ]

Honey.

[ Clicking tongue, puttering lips ]

Ey.

[ Sucking lips ]

[ Exhales slowly ]

[ Clicks tongue ] Ah.

[ Cheers and applause ]

[ Exhales sharply ]

[ Feedback scratching ]

[ Clicking ]

[ Frequency whines ]

[ Exhaling slowly ]

[ Frequency whines ]

[ Lower Frequency whines ]

[ Feedback scratching ]

[ Frequency whines ]

[ Bells ring ]

[ Frequency whines ]

[ Inhales sharply ]

[ Bells ring ]

[ Frequency whines ]

[ Bells ring ]

[ Feedback scratching ]

[ Frequency whines ]

[ Frequency whining ]

[ Feedback scratching ]

[ Cymbal hits, Frequency whines ]

[ Feedback scratching ]

[ Frequency whines ]

[ Feedback scratching ]

[ Frequency whining ]

[ Bells ringing ]

[ Feedback scratching ]

[ Bells ring ]

[ Feedback scratching ]

[ Bells ringing, feedback scratching ]

[ Frequency whining ]

[ Bells ring ]

[ Feedback scratching ]

[ Bells ring ]

[ Feedback screeching ]

[ Speaking indistinctly ]

[ Feedback screeching ]

[ Indistinct talking ]

[ Thumping, feedback screeching ]

[ Frequency whining ]

Woman: Yeah.

[ Frequency whining ]

[ Feedback scratching, indistinct talking ]

[ Frequency whining ]

[ Frequency whining ]

[ Piano note plays ]

[ Piano notes playing ]

[ Frequency whining ]

[ Piano notes playing, frequency whining ]

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[ Piano music playing, frequency whining ]

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[ Frequency squeaks, whining ]

[ Piano notes playing ]

[ Inhales deeply ]

[ Frequency whining ]

♪♪

[ Frequency whining ]

[ Frequency whining ]

[ Frequency whining quietly ]

[ Exhales sharply, grunting ]

[ Speaking indistinctly ]

...that you're a good and worthy person.

[ Speaking indistinctly ]

...still like you.

If you feel that you need to change yourself

to be more angry...

[ Speaking indistinctly ]

...other people...

[ Speaking indistinctly ]

...in a way that isn't...

[ Speaking indistinctly ]

[ Clicks tongue ]

[ Speaking indistinctly ]

[ Clicks tongue ]

[ Speaking indistinctly ]

[ Clicks tongue ]

[ Speaking indistinctly ]

[ Beeping, clicking ]

[ Voices overlapping ]

[ Buzzing lips ]

[ Breathing heavily ]

[ Buzzing lips, clicking tongue ]

Mm.

[ Buzzing lips, clicking tongue ]

[ Babbling ]

[ Music stops ]

Smiling and warmth makes others feel good around you.

Use this skill and you will shine.

[ Cheers and applause ]

Conrad Tao.

[ Cheers and applause ]

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