Mezzo-soprano Lotte Betts-Dean sings works for amplified solo voice with electronics and tape. From Luigi Nono's groundbreaking 1964 piece La fabbrica illuminata to new works by Mathis Saunier, Stuart MacRae and Linda Buckley.

Voice Electric is a revival of Lotte’s highly-charged debut at this year’s Aldeburgh Festival. Inspired by her lifelong fascination with electronic music, she creates a fusion of solo voice and fixed media as she celebrates the possibilities of their interaction. She performs works by the trailblazing composers Nono, Scelsi and Feldman, and 21st-century pieces that draw on medieval plainchant, experimental hip-hop and breakcore.

This performance is an audiovisual collaboration between Lotte Betts-Dean and Purple Taiko.

Purple Taiko is a Bristol-based audiovisual artist that explores analogue techniques through video art, CRT (TVs), and modular synths. She processes and manipulates sound and visuals in unison with one another, whether in a live context, installation or online.

Using various formats and equipment such as CRT monitors, hardware, circuit bent synths, VHS players, and other processing tools; she films and distorts visuals and sound through to create a visual collage of lofi-imagery, glitches textures and colour.

Working on varying projects, her work has been featured in documentaries and productions from Resident Advisor, Dr Martens, VUSE, and Redbull and across events such as Glastonbury, BLOC, Mira and Arnolfini.

Lotte Betts-Dean voice
Synergy Audio

Ursonate (1922–32): selections (4)
Caroline Shaw:
Rise (2018) (2)
Kaija Saariaho:
From the Grammar of Dreams (2002): II, IV (4)
Stuart Macrae:
elided compressed (2022) (10)
Erin Gee:
Mouthpiece I (2000) (2)
Hô (1960): No.1 (2)
La fabbrica illuminata (1964) (17)
Frame Cut Frame (Brett Dean/Simon Hunt):
Raindance Evocation / Approaching Hegyeshalom (1994) (4)
Only (1946) (2)
Mathis Saunier:
Cannibal (2022) (4)
Linda Buckley:
revelavit (2011) (10)

This event is part of Festival of New, presented by Jennifer Lucy Allan.

Return coach tickets will be available for 10 September to Snape Maltings from London, Norwich and Ipswich. Full details coming soon.

Festival of New celebrates work developed on Snape Residencies. We are grateful to the Genesis Kickstart Fund and PRS Foundation’s The Open Fund for their support.

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