Random Access Solo is a performance by Malin Stattin and Gerhard Eckel based on Gerhard’s sonic sculpture Random Access Lattice (which is a tribute to Nam June Paik’s work Random Access Music).
Malin is performing with a motion-tracked loudspeaker, exploring a sonic topography of multilingual voice recordings (from librivox.org) laid out in space by Gerhard. A special version of the sculpture and the loudspeaker have been developed for the performance, considering the difference in the demands of a dance performer and the general exhibition public for exploring the work.
Malin Stattin is a choreographer and dancer based in Stockholm Sweden. She is the founder and artistic director of the circus and dance company Vifira which since 2008 is her main platform for work. She has been working as a freelancer since 2004 after graduating from Danshögskolan in Stockholm and TEAK in Helsinki.
Gerhard Eckel (born 1962 in Vienna/Austria) is a full professor of Computer Music and Multimedia at the Institute of Electronic Music and Acoustics (IEM), University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz/Austria. Eckel holds a PhD in Musicology from the University of Vienna and studied Composition of Electroacoustic Music as well as Sound Engineering at the University of Music and Dramatic Arts Vienna. In the past Eckel worked at IRCAM, the computer music department of the Pompidou Centre in Paris and at the Fraunhofer Institute for Media Communication IMK in St. Augustin, Germany.
Eckel takes both an artistic and scientific interest in matters of sound. His research topics range from psychoacoustics, over sound analysis, visualization, processing, spatial rendering and synthesis to virtual and augmented reality systems. His artistic work focuses on the possibilities of installations to convey formal openness to the audience in a tangible way. He creates sound and music installations for real and virtual spaces, which are presented at international festivals, conferences and trade fairs. He initiated and coordinated the European project LISTEN, which defined and explored Immersive Audio-Augmented Environments from a scientific and artistic perspective. In a recent artistic research project he developed a new form of intermedial expression: Embodied Generative Music. His current artistic research project (The Choreography of Sound) funded by the Program for Arts-based Research of the Austrian Science Fund FWF explores the spatial in electroacoustic composition. Currently he works as a Guest Professor at the KTH Music Acoustics Group in Stockholm, where he investigates the possibilities of establishing a connection between the articulatory movements of the human vocal organs and body motion in dance.