4. Medea werden (2006)

Medea werden (2006) for mezzo-soprano, three actresses and loudspeaker

Uta Buchheister – mezzo-soprano
Franziska Dieterich/Bärbel Schwarz/Mariel Jana Supka – actresses
Cathy van Eck/Daniel Plewe – sound, video
Sabine Hilscher – set & costume design
Henning Fülle – dramaturgy
Matthias Rebstock – concept, stage direction

 

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Contact microphones on the actresses’ shoes triggered sound files through loudspeakers that were placed all over the floor.

 

In this theatre piece, microphones and loudspeakers were a central element. We did many experiments with microphones and loudspeakers during rehearsals, such as putting sand or water in loudspeakers and cutting their membranes. During the piece, all kinds of interventions with microphones and loudspeakers were happening: contact microphones on the actresses’ shoes triggered sound files through loudspeakers that were placed all over the floor; a loudspeaker was placed on various parts of the body of one of the actresses to “hear” her thoughts; and a set-up very similar to Steve Reich’s Pendulum Music was used. We experimented with very low frequency oscillators as well (for example, sine waves between one and five hertz). When receiving a three hertz signal, loudspeakers will of course move their membrane at a speed of three cycles. This phenomenon played a role in the pieces categorised as visible vibrations.

Medea2

An actress is triggering sounds with the help of a small microphone. She walks on the loudspeakers.

 

Medea3

A loudspeaker was placed on various parts of the body of one of the actresses to “hear” her thoughts; and a set-up very similar to Steve Reich’s Pendulum Music was used (see the pending microphone).

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A loudspeaker filled with sand.