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Messa di Voce (Performance)

2003 | Tmema (Golan Levin and Zachary Lieberman) with Jaap Blonk and Joan La Barbara

Messa di Voce (Performance)

Messa di Voce (2003: Golan Levin, Zachary Lieberman, Jaap Blonk, and Joan La Barbara) augments the speech, shouts and songs produced by two virtuoso vocalists with real-time interactive visualizations. The project touches on themes of abstract communication, synaesthetic relationships, cartoon language, and writing and scoring systems, within the context of a sophisticated, playful, and virtuosic audiovisual narrative. Custom software transforms every vocal nuance into correspondingly complex, subtly differentiated and highly expressive graphics. Messa di Voce lies at an intersection of human and technological performance extremes, melding the unpredictable spontaneity and extended vocal techniques of human improvisers with the latest in computer vision and speech analysis technologies. Utterly wordless, yet profoundly verbal, Messa di Voce is designed to provoke questions about the meaning and effects of speech sounds, speech acts, and the immersive environment of language.

Messa di Voce exists in both performance and installation versions; more information on the installation version can be found here and at the official Messa di Voce web site.


The following 6'04" YouTube video online presents excerpts from five of the 14 Messa di Voce scenes performed at the ICA, London in 2003:


Additional Resources

Complete information about this project can be found at the official Messa di Voce web site.
A print-ready project report about the Messa di Voce performance is available here (4.9 MB pdf).
High resolution images of the Messa di Voce performances are available in this Tmema Flickr photoset.
Video of Messa di Voce can be seen online at YouTube.


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Video
<i>Messa di Voce</i> Performance, 2003 (Excerpts)
Messa di Voce Performance, 2003 (Excerpts) (95.00 MB)
5 of the 14 scenes from the performance at London ICA, Nov. 2003.
[360x240, H.264 .mov, 6'04''; right-click to download or view on YouTube]