New music demands new sounds. With such a complex and individual instrument like the human voice these are often difficult to grip and even more difficult to canonize.
Beat Box moves one in popmusic already existing, highly virtuosic vocal technique in the focus of New Music, in which until now it has almost not been use yet has yet. These are sounds from an already forty years old tradition and practice!, which already has been used by many – mostly male - beatboxers. In hip-hop the beatbox is often an epediant of self-display. Quantity, quality, virtuosity and coolness are in the foreground.
For Beat Box, those sounds are varied, fine-tuned, put into complex rhythmic structures, the socio-musical background is applied differently, and connections to linguisticality are being investigated. A - new - dialog with electronic sounds should be created, from microphone technique and tape to live electronics, and also to visual levels like projection, light and interaction with videos on screens.
further reading: Beat Blog
Brigitta Muntendorf: Bright no more (2017) trailer
sound: Alexander Hofmann / Donny Karsadi
light: Jörg Bittner
13.6.2017 - Unerhörte Musik Berlin
18.6.2017 - Sommer in Stuttgart, Theaterhaus
12.+.13.8.2017 - Festival Rümlingen
18.11.2017 - Elbphilharmonie Hamburg
21.11.2017 - ON-Music Cologne
10.2.2018 - TonArt Esslingen
4.7.2018 - Opera Athens