Presented as part of Mixology Festival 2019: Signaling – artists whose work in sound and media contains embedded truths, both heartening and startling. Active for over 25 years, Roulette’s Mixology Festival celebrates new and unusual uses of technology in music and the media arts. Primarily a snapshot of current activity, the festival strives to reflect both the history and trends of innovation that impact the Zeitgeist. Curated by David Weinstein
The singularly exceptional composer/singer/storyteller Shelley Hirsch performs with Horst Rickels’ curiously magical instrument constructed from cannibalized organ pipes, toilet plungers, and bicycle pumps, alongside some new and surprising creations. The Mercurius Wagon, built for Hirsch 30 years ago and restored specially for this event, is one of Rickels’s signature works, alongside a lifetime of sound installations, acoustic architecture, and music for film. Two unpredictable and uncompromising artists that always inspire through joy, tears, and wonder.
Utilizing electronics, voice, and movement, Crystal Penalosa‘s new piece Sources of Power explores the vulnerability, power, and potential for safety that voice work can present for people who are transgender. The performance blends traditional voice– expanding conduits such as vocal training, breath work, and speech therapy–with non-traditional technological methods such as pitch shifting, frequency shifting, and wavetable synthesis. Sources of Power explores authenticity in developing a new voice.