Ben Vida
‘Tztztztzt Î Í Í …..’ (SP018)

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Ben Vida ‘Tztztztzt Î Í Í …..’

Technical

72 pages + download code
14 x 19 cm
black & white printing
2013
first edition of 50 handnumbered copies
perfect bound / soft cover

Shelter Poetry Book #3

Released on vinyl by Shelter Press as Slipping Control (SP038)

About the book

The 61 pages that make up the score for Tztztztzt Î Í Í … were interpreted and performed by three vocalists: Ben Vida, Tyondai Braxton, and Sara Magenheimer. Utilizing envelope following, vocoder analysis and trigger sensing the recordings of these performances were analyzed and converted into control sources. These control sources were used to activate analog and digital synthesizing systems and functioned to trigger envelopes and gates, determine pitched materials and act as modulating sources for frequency and amplitude modulation. Though the voice of the performer becomes almost completely obscured through this process, all rhythmic patterns, compositional forms and musical gestures were derived from the vocalist’s performance – the voice remains an intrinsic element of the final synthesized tracks.

About the artist

Ben Vida is a Brooklyn based composer, improviser and artist. He produces compositions that utilize analog and digital synthesizing technologies and focus on aural phenomena and auditory illusions. He has released records with Shelter Press, PAN, ALKU, Thrill Jockey, Drag City, Kranky… As both a solo artist and in collaboration he has presented his work in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, South Korea and Japan.