Practices

Collection:
Research and collection of recorded speech, focused on a set occurrence. A dedicated collection is assembled following collective listening and selection sessions.

Transcription and recreation:
Recreation consists of reproducing speech recordings as closely as possible through a meticulous process of individual or collective listening. It is less concerned with imitating voices and more with “ways of speaking”: factors related to melody, rhythm, or address are focused upon, rather than closeness to the timbre of a voice. At the beginning of the process, a text is produced in the form of a transcription-score, gradually refining itself and allowing for participants to learn the audio recordings “pencil in hand.” Recreation takes shape through principles of unison, double unison, or solo performance.

Composition:
Within the limited framework of a single entry (an occurrence) or the larger framework of the entire collection, documents are arranged together in forms ranging from a simple end-to-end list to more complex simultaneous processes and juxtapositions. A composition is designed to be broadcast (sound art) or recreated (performance).