A Robot Named 'Pepper' Is The Future Of Electronic Orchestras

October 23, 2014 1:26 PM

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Pamela Z is a San Francisco-based "electrodiva" working with experimental extended vocal techniques, operatic bel canto, found objects, text, and sampled concrète sounds. "The essence of what I do straddles so many different things," she said in an interview with MusicWorks. "It sounds pretentious to have such a long title, but I want to develop ideas that can't be expressed by just singing." She continued: "Even though I work consistently with a lot of modern, digital gear, and I get a lot of inspiration from the strange things that happen when I get new "toys", I'm really mainly interested in the magic, the thing that happens when the strange, lyrical, poetic, or frightening ideas from some artist's head come out and make themselves manifest regardless of whether the work is electronic, acoustic, or electro-acoustic."

Keckler is a vocalist and visual artist who creates operates somewhere in the space between traditional opera and YouTube video. His 2013 piece, "I am an Opera," chronicled a mushroom trip gone bad, with intense hallucinations that could only be expressed through art. "I don't consider myself a prop...

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