Over the autumn, Kathy Hinde will compose a new vocal work that combines live singing with electronically altered voices. The piece is inspired by how bats Echo-locate by using sound to ‘see’ their surroundings and the project aims to employ bio-mimicry as a creative method. In collaboration with technologists, Kathy will create a new device that uses sensors and mini-computers. These devices will effect the sounds of the singers voices based on where they are positioned in the performance space. A sonic and spacial experience.
Specialist consultants on the project are Professor Gareth Jones, head of the Bat Ecology and Bioacoustics Lab at Bristol University, and Bob Cornes from Bedfordshire Bat Group. Vocal Migrations is commissioned by Bedford Creative Arts with additional funding from Arts Council England, and support in kind from the Pervasive Media Studio