Blixa Bargeld – Solo Vocal Performance
In his Solo Vocal Performance Blixa Bargeld explores the limits of the listener’s understanding of terms like “speech,” “sound,” and “music.” The audience witnesses a metamorphosis of Blixa’s distinctive voice as it creates acoustic architecture, sonorous spheres and cacophonous creatures out of the perceived “non-musical” building blocks of sentences, words and syllables. Whispers and screams, pleasing and indescribable sounds coalesce into a composition of orchestral scope consisting entirely of manipulated ad hoc recordings of Blixa Bargeld’s voice. The equipment used is minimal: the artist performs alone on-stage, with four feed pedals and a microphone. There are no pre-recorded samples, no backing tracks. Everything the audience hears is created live on stage. In the course of the evening Bargeld’s voice proves capable of almost impossible acoustic creations, utilizing scientific theory, poetic ideas and philosophical games, all presented in Bargeld’s classy and ironic style.