AFTERBURNER, 23 June 2016
Performance with voice, electronics and light projections
AFTERBURNER, a collaborative project of vocalist Audrey Chen and electronic artist Doron Sadja, blends together the organic and the electronic to reveal amorphous sounds that suggest an almost Lovecraftian ambience of mutant moans, growls, chirps and howls. Chen’s vocalisations sometimes disrupt and at other times melt into Sadja’s synthetic textures in a trance-like manner to evoke a primordial modernity.
Chen uses cello, voice and analog electronics to delve deeply into her own version of narrative and non-linear storytelling. A large component of her work is improvised and her approach is personal and visceral. In her performances she explores the combination and layering of traditional and extended techniques in both the voice and cello with the possibilities of the analog synthesizer. She works to join these elements into a singular ecstatic personal language.
Sadja is an artist, composer, and curator whose work explores modes of perception and the experience of sound, light, and space. Often working with multichannel spatialized sound, smoke machines, and high intensity lights, Sadja combines pristine electronics with lush romantic synthesizers, dense noise, and immersive light projections to create hyper-emotive sonic architecture. Sadja founded Shinkoyo Records and the West Nile performance space in Brooklyn (RIP), and currently runs the Sound Portraits lecture/listening series at Spektrum.