I decide to make this collage as a monologue not using spoken languages but breath. Breath almost a noise, meanwhile contains so much information. For example, soft breath = calm, a long exhale = relieve, with combinations of inhale, exhale and silence, the expressions change. If we put breath in a musical context, a short and deep inhale could indicate a start and a long gradual inhale/exhale feels just like a string bowing.
I’ve been playing around with a breath sensor I made and realized that I could not only use it to detect breathing gestures but also record the sounds of it. I’m interested in the meditation property of of breath sounds and the idea of “listening to yourself” but at the same time also “blurring the content or add in more content” . In the context of sounds, the idea is to use the sound to control the sound itself which I think might be an interesting feedback loop.
The sound content will include breathing sounds, silence, and muyu to add in more meditation elements and rhythmic potentials.
The first step is to establish breathing phrases — different combinations of inhale, exhale and silence in various length and depth. Then a sentence, a paragraph or a statement will be made out of these phrases. After that is the abstract phase, and this is when the “sound controlled by sound itself comes in”. And it ends in a calm dialogue.
There’ll be a one performer that is using the breath controller and using her breathing sounds to construct the piece.A simple visualization would be there for better understanding. I think it’s more a semantic listening experience like I said before I would like them to hear it as a bizarre language.
Thanks very much for Abby pointing me to those inspiring resources.
Breathing Pranayama is a breathing exercise for meditation. It’s interesting to see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EtAqiVJn9BA
Breath – Samuel Beckett is a 35s short play that used breath as dramatic elements. https://vimeo.com/24998094
Flesh Protocol is a live interactive performance using bio-feedback information including breath. The interactions isn’t obvious but is still an interesting work to look at.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=59HEUw4sD4c