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<SA/JO> (Sabine Schäfer/Joachim Krebs): SprachMilieu III

From: ProsaPhon(ie) – a sonotopological SoundSpeechConsistencyMachine, 2002

For a walk-in, eightfold SpaceSoundBody
with the text line by Konrad Bayer (1962)

Duration: 14:45 (Loop)
Voices: Rufus Beck, Peter Fitz
Location: Club Space Foyer

The word-entangled piece of prose entitled is solely derived from speech-sound material. … This approach – explicitly referred to by Bayer as “Topology of Speech” – is based upon the principle of sameness regarding the purely tonal aspect of individual words or word-syllables and their concurrent ambiguity on semantic levels. … It was our imperative to intensify the multidimensionality of the semantic texture levels – while simultaneously and consistently preserving the ongoing-unidimensional arranged phonetic textual lines – in their multi-linear ambiguity, in order for them to be revealed to the recipient as a constantly new experience of variable perceptual processes open to highly diverse possibilities of interpretation. … Faithful to our “sonotopological” motto “Every word its place – Every sound its time” we assign great importance to the artificial, spatial and temporal composition of ‘Speech-Sound-Lines’. By means of accelerated or decelerated, artistic rhythmically composed and spatially set ‘Speech-Sound-Movement’,individual ‘word-points’mutate into free-floating, vegetative rampant ‘Speech-Sound-Lines’ As a result, an ‘inter-plateau’ is created that permanently fluctuates between speech (semantics) and sound (phonetics) as an acoustic construction and representational matrix for the composition of an imaginary ‘SoundSpeechConsistencyMachine’

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