Day 31

Live Improvisation Online by Tim Etchells and Aisha Orazbayeva

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This instrument will measure your stillness.
This instrument will speak to your stardust.

This Instrument is an atmospheric music-and-text collaboration by Tim Etchells (voice) and Aisha Orazbayeva (violin) realised over Zoom between UK and France.

In this fragmentary 25-minute composition Etchells draws on diverse text materials, mixing and combining them live in relation to Orazbayeva’s recorded violinmaterial.

Both artists explore loose structures of repetition and variation, fluctuating the intensity and texture of voice and violin alike in order to bring about unexpected changes, escalations and transformations of their material.

Disturbing but strangely compelling, Etchells’ text at the heart of the piece returns repeatedly to the idea of an instrument, whose precise nature is left unexplained, but which seems designed to measure, speak to or even sing about aspects of human experience.

This Instrument is an extended teaser for Heartbreaking Final, a performance that Tim Etchells and Aisha Orazbayeva will premiere next spring at the Wiener Festwochen.

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