Oana Avasilichioaei Constructing Chambersonic III

Date(s): Mar 31 to Apr 14 2021

Residency

Oana Avasilichioaei, Colour Sketch II, 2020.

During this residency, Oana Avasilichioaei will begin constructing Chambersonic III, an 8-channel audio installation based on Chambersonic II, a series of abstract musical notation drawings. Both are part of Chambersonic, a new body of work that translates between voice experimentation, poetic textuality, performative scores, and audio capture/transmission.

Based on the musical staff, the ink, pencil, and charcoal drawings of Chambersonic II form a graphic score that will provide a blueprint for a chamber of sound. Whereas in traditional music notation, the notes arranged on the staff are the markers of sound, the drawings transform the actual five lines of the staff into the markers of sound. The arrangement, spacing, length, thickness, shape, proximity, colour, and texture of the lines combine to suggest various gestures, volumes, tones, timbres, and frequencies of sound. The 8-channel sound installation Chambersonic III will interpret the composition formed by the drawings as score, and each channel will translate one of the eight aspects of the lines.

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Oana Avasilichioaei, Colour Sketch II, 2020.

Oana Avasilichioaei interweaves poetry, sound, performance, image, and translation to explore an expanded idea of language, polylingual/polyphonic voices, phonotopes, borders, and listening. Recent sound-performance works and commissions include Longitude (Quebec City, 2020), Eight over Two (Bucharest, 2019), OPERATOR (2019), and Cells of Wind, a libretto for a one-act opera (Toronto, 2020).

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