C. Spencer Yeh | Experimental Sound Studio | Experimental | Chicago Reader

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When: Mon., Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m. 2015

On his striking new album Solo Voice I-X (Primary Information), veteran experimentalist C. Spencer Yeh heads in a new direction. While he’s often used his instrument in an extroverted, sometimes confrontational fashion, here he explores vocal sounds microscopically, with close miking. As he recently told Artforum, “A few years ago . . . I started becoming interested in inward vocal sounds made by inhaling, or the sounds that are closer to yourself—incidental sounds.” Inspired by voice artists like Jaap Blonk and Joan La Barbara, Yeh trusts in what his untreated voice can do, from blubbery lip-flapping excursions that suggest a puttering motorboat to spittle-flecked violence that sounds more like a distressed radiator valve than a human. Elsewhere there are flurries of lip-smacked or chomplike percussives, as well as throaty hums interrupted by glottal stops (or self-inflicted strikes to his throat) that sound like a motor refusing to turn over. Yeh will perform the music from the album in its entirety.

Peter Margasak

Price: $10, $5 students and members

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